In May 2020, the Federal Government announced that it would refund $721mil in debts recovered though its ‘robodebt’ online compliance system following the Federal Court ruling that debts raised using Centrelink’s data matching scheme had no legal basis.
Currently underway is a class action brought by Gordon Legal against the Commonwealth seeking damages in recognition of the financial and emotional distress caused by the robodebt scheme, and an inquiry by the Senate Community Affairs References Committee into Centrelink’s compliance program.
In this webinar, Miles Browne & Charley Brumby-Rendell, lawyers from Victoria Legal Aid who ran the Federal Court action, and Terry Carney from the University of Sydney and former AAT member who is a witness to the class action, provide the latest on robodebts – the refund process, the class action and the future for Centrelink debt recovery, including how debts should be raised by Centrelink considering legal and ethical frameworks.
This issue is of particular concern in light of the impending debt tsunami following the resumption of debt recovery which has been suspended for the past 6 months as a temporary coronavirus measure.
This webinar is presented in partnership with Economic Justice Australia and follows Terry’s recent article: Robodebt in the aftermath of the government backdowns in EJA’s publication, Rights Review.