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Government bullying the vulnerable

Debt amount: 
$4179
Date debt issued: 
Tuesday, 20 June 2017
Period debt occurred: 
June 2010
Has your case been referred to a collection agency?: 
No
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 am being pursed for a debt raised from youth allowance in 2010-2013 (7 years ago!!!). I received this allowance whilst studying full time and also working casually for multiple employers over the three year period. I have received both a letter and a phone call from Department of Human Services informing me of my debt. I have supplied full documentation of my employment history and payslips from the three year period. However they are claiming that I was overpaid as I did not correctly state my fortnightly earnings.

I have spent multiple days and numerous hours calling the Department of Human Services (of which poor customer service), chasing previous employers and now I will be pursing legal aid. This has caused me extreme anxiety and financial stress.

I do not believe the debt is true or warranted nor should it be forced onto people who have received welfare! There needs to be a case action!!

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

I am extremely disgusted with the way the Government has handled this process. Those who have previously received welfare should not be punished nor should they be subjected to this review. Why is it that the Government wants to bully the vulnerable?