The Government has announced it will refund all monies illegally obtained under the Coalition's 'Robodebt' scheme which unfairly targeted Australians over the past four years.
In November last year, the Federal Court confirmed the Government's use of income averaging was not lawful and in May this year, the Government finally committed to refund all those who have repaid money.
Over 700,000 debts have been raised under the program, and the Government will repay 73,000 people back a total of $721 million.
Some that were subject to Robodebt have suffered terribly. That is why we need a Royal Commission into the scheme. To ensure this never happens again, and that the systems and processes used by Services Australia - and Government at large - are fair and proper.
The Government initially said it would begin refunding money on 1 July 2020. Now Services Australia is saying only a small number of refunds will be repaid in early July.
The absence of information about how the refunds will occur may encourage scammers to trick people into providing information about their accounts. I urge everyone to ensure they only provide details if they are sure that the information request is genuine.
Emails, letters and telephone calls can seem genuine, but care is required to ensure you don't lose your money twice, or hand over personal information.
Please contact my office if you have any concerns. I will continue to provide updates via my Facebook and eNewsletter as more information becomes available.