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If you have a go, you get a .....debt

Debt amount: 
$5800
Date debt issued: 
Wednesday, 1 May 2019
Period debt occurred: 
February 2014 to November 2017
Has your case been referred to a collection agency?: 
Yes
Payment Type: 
Youth Allowance
Appealing Debt?: 
Yes in process
Tell us about your debt and how has this affected you? e.g. anxiety levels, financial and accommodation stress: 

I received youth allowance alongside studying and part-time work. I finished studying last year and headed out into the workforce, whilst paying my taxes and chipping away at my HECS I received a debt notice. This was incredibly disheartening, I felt incredibly stressed and ultimately misled by a system I once saw as a support. I always endeavoured to do the right thing whilst receiving payment, reporting my income and any changes in circumstances. I don't believe I've done anything wrong.

How do you feel about the way the Government has handled this process?: 

I don't support this policy, nor the way that the Government is handling the process. This has caused a huge amount of stress and doubts for me, I have greater concerns for the more vulnerable members of society. Our welfare systems should be supporting us, not belittling us.