Recently, media reports and a Senate Inquiry raised the issue of widespread errors by Centrelink in sending out µdebt recovery’ letters to recipients of social security benefits alleging overpayments. Even in the absence of automated systems, overpayments arise under a wide range of circumstances in relation to welfare benefits accessed by students either before or during the course of study, ranging from administrative errors by Centrelink to calculated fraud by the recipient. Most overpayments exist against a background of financial hardship or troubled personal circumstances.
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(2017) 40(3) UNSWLJ 1072: https://doi.org/10.53637/LRVR9162