Robodebts scrapped: Government announces it will repay $721M

Thousands on Centrelink are due for a massive payday as government announces $721million in refunds

Thousands on Centrelink are due for a massive payday as government announces $721million in refunds

More than $720 million raised through the Morrison government's controversial robo-debt program will be refunded.

A federal government minister believes there is nothing to apologise for over the failed robo-debt scheme, which will now see thousands of Australians refunded for wrongly being forced to pay back benefits.

Hundreds of thousands of Australians will secure robodebt refunds from the Morrison Government in July.

These debts were raised wholly or partially using average ATO income data, a method that has proved to be significantly flawed, severely impacting vulnerable members of the community.

Stuart added: "Services Australia will now put in place the mechanisms needed to start making refunds, including how affected customers are advised of next steps".

A class action lawsuit over the 470,000 incorrect welfare debt assessments could ultimately cost the federal government more than $1 billion after being deemed illegal.

'Consultation will occur with stakeholders, including the commonwealth ombudsman, and clear communication is a priority, so people understand what it means for them'. "Refunds will also be made for any interest charges and/or recovery fees paid on related debts", he said.

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At the moment people don't need to do anything to get a refund - but people with questions about their debt are being told to visit the Services Australia website or to call 1800 061 838. Using this method, the onus was then placed on the welfare recipient to explain why the discrepancy existed.

"This Friday afternoon it is a $720 million bungled robodebt scheme".

The scheme matched Australian Taxation Office and Centrelink data to claw back overpaid welfare payments.

One in five debt letters sent were based on false information.

A class action has also been brought against the government by Gordon Legal over the OCI program, with a potential trial slated for July.

"What should be over is Stuart Robert's career, because this gaffe prone minister has mishandled everything he's ever touched, any time he's been a minister", he said.

Robodebt - aka the Income Compliance Program - refers to an averaging process used to calculate debts owed by welfare recipients.

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