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Made Up Debt!

Debt amount: 
$2110
Date debt issued: 
Thursday, 25 July 2019
Period debt occurred: 
June 2017 to June 2018
Has your case been referred to a collection agency?: 
No
Payment Type: 
Austudy
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 am a University Student who also work part-time.
As part of the student loan program i was entitled to a $1050 payment at the start of year and half way through the year to help with student costs etc. I pay this back through the student loan help program through the government when I am earning more money..
Because of personal reasons I had decided to take half a year of from studying to focus of my own mental health and life.
Centrlink tried to tell me because I am not currently studying that I owed them money. But its not true, I had to prove to them that I was studying full-time 2017-2018. The people on the phone said that they can see that somthing is wrong and that I should not have this debt. They said it would go under review and that it could take 2weeks or it could take several months. The worst bit is, if I did not prove to them that I didnt owe them money then I would have had to pay it back. Its never easy dealing with centrlink and I honestly beleive they make it hard for people to know whats going on just so they can make our life harder.

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

Terrible!