Norm Smith Medallist
- Aug 15, 2014
- AFL Club
- Western Bulldogs
- Other Teams
- Chicago Bulls
There’s no real compensation settlement, it’s basically just interest on payments made. I got around $100 back.On social media a couple of people are saying they got less than 1 dollar back in the settlement.
I got a call at work one day from "Centrelink" - they'd called my work and asked to speak to me and were put through. The guy on the phone then started saying I owed thousands of dollars due to incorrect Centrelink payments. I had no idea what he was talking about, the only Centrelink I'd claimed in the last 15 years was parental payments when my kids were born. After some back and forth it became apparent it wasn't me he was after but another person with the same first name who had left the organisation before I'd even started working there.I had to "pay back" around 3.5k for a period in which my total payments from Centrelink were $0. I told them I was going to appeal, and was told that makes no difference and that I had two weeks to pay. I had been working for a couple of years at that point, and they could see my bank balance - which I'm not sure was legal, because it was probably an outsourcer who made the call.
From memory the previous government acknowledged that close to 20% of "debts" raised were in error. Those who raised that 20% figure claimed they were the false ones, which might not include the over-stated ones.