I broke both my legs and was in a wheelchair for months and I work as a chef I had to prove I wasn't working, and told me that I declared that I made $0 that year which is a lie gave me $5500 debt I asked for evidence several time with no success.
Might I add I've work all my adult life first time I really need centerlink then I worked my arse off to be able to walk again and earn my money just to get back to work.
Gave them all my bank statement and got it reviewed it went down to $2500 then they wanted pay slips cause I received sick pay got reviewed again they said there was $1500 in explained founds when there wasn't.
So I said I was going to the ombudsman and the woman was laughing at me on the phone and I lost it at that point I had enough.
Next day called ombudsman they gave me a community lawyer group to deal with the whole thing for me within 5 mins no lie centerlink called and said the dept was now $0000 but apparently it was my fault I didn't know I was meant to declare 2 sick pay which is bullshit.
Anxiety stress to the max it came at a time I was moving had to come up with bond while in-between jobs and if I could have just been able to do my tax without centerlink stealing it that would have helped a lot.
Straight up heartless pricks.