I had no idea I had been overpaid at all my Centrelink. Last year I owed money to the ATO due to being overpaid- and I happily paid that back. Now I'm handed a debt starting from 7 years ago stating I owe all this money. I always was honest in my income declaration! When I rang them up they even stated they had one company I worked for under 2 different names. I haven't stopped freaking out thinking Im going to jail, or court. I'm a full time uni student- I already have a degree debt to pay off, where the heck has this one come from too??!
Considering when I rung up the debt department and the lady even stated they had more than one name for a company, that should've been an immediate red flag to her that something was wrong. 7 years is a long time for someone to be expected to keep payslips for- which is what centrelink is demanding from me. To prove I am innocent. Whatever happened to being innocent until proven guilty? I have not once been proven guilty by CL