I'm 20 and Autistic.
I was on youth allowance from July 2017 to March 2019(but Centrelink says it's November 2018) and I received the book loan for the 4 semesters I was on it.
I switched over to the Disability Support Pension when I found out I was eligible for it.
The first lot of debt I received was since centrelink counted me starting my DSP in november 2018 when I lodged the claim while I didn't know until Marc 2019 and I had applied for all of the book loans I would need for uni in advance. Centrelink's disability and youth allowance servers apparently don't interact with one another so they paid me the book loan even though they thought I was on DSP. We couldn't get them to see what was wrong so we were like fine we will pay off this loan so I have been on a repayment plan since then. I had already spent the money on my textbooks for uni, a new laptop for uni, a lot of stationary and some other office stuff to try and help me get organised.
Come 28/5/2019 when I received three letters in mygov saying that I owe over 1000 dollars in each of the letter. I read the letters and apparently Centrelink and the ATO say my circumstances have changed and therefore I need to pay off the other three book loans that I had received over my time at uni which was 3 semesters not including the one I was currently in.
I was at uni at the time and I couldn't do much but my mum who is my carer went it and apparently Centrelink didn't see what was wrong with the debt. My mum appealed it and said she felt that they were discriminating against me.
Everyone I have talked to about this says it doesn't make sense.
Centrelink didn't see what was the problem with what they were doing so not very well