We welcome today’s announcement of refunds for Australians affected by the unfair and unlawful robo-debt scheme.
‘The Australian Government’s announcement that it will refund 470,000 robo-debts raised through income-averaging in July is welcome news for our clients, who have been waiting years for money wrongfully taken, to be returned to them’, said Rowan McRae, Executive Director of Civil Justice Access and Equity.
In November last year our client Deanna Amato successfully challenged the robo-debt system, proving it contained a fatal legal flaw. Deanna’s case showed that if a debt isn’t calculated properly, Centrelink cannot go on and pursue a person to pay the money.
‘Deanna’s case clarified the unlawfulness of the robo-debt system for hundreds of thousands of Australians in the same situation, who received or paid off a robo-debt based only on averaging,’ said Rowan.
‘We hope that the process will proceed smoothly for people who are owed money. Problems with accuracy and communication beset the robo-debt scheme and it is time for a stronger, fairer social security system that puts people first’ said Rowan.
Rowan McRae is available for interview.
Victoria Legal Aid in the news after the refund announcement
Reviewed 14 April 2022