I suffer from schizophrenia and was hospitalised in 2014 when this debt overpayment began.
My partner is my only carer and was a temporary resident ineligible for any income payments from centrelink, None.
My debt was raised due to him being my partner. I have been suffering extremely by this government policy and even considered suicide but i won't let them win.
Under section 24 of the social security act which i wasn't aware of the law. It clearly states that you're not considered a partner if you are ineligible for social security payments. Its their own law. They are targeting the sickest and poorest in society who have very little knowledge of their own rights.
As I said i have considered suicide and my stress levels are extremely high.
I will have to take out my super because i can't afford to pay rent or bills. I worked but became ill so centrelink is the only way i can support myself.
Very little contact during the review process as to how long it will actually take.
Already taking out 15% of my payment with out an outcome yet to be determined.