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Centrelink: Australian government program
The Centrelink Master Program, or more commonly known as Centrelink, is a Services Australia master program of the Australian Government. It delivers a range of government payments and services for retirees, the unemployed, families, carers, parents, people with disabilities, Indigenous Australians, students, apprentices and people from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, and provides services at times of major change. The majority of Centrelink's services are the disbursement of social security payments.

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Premier urges WA jobseekers to take offers

The usual Centrelink penalties for those on JobSeeker who don't accept suitable offers are on hold during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Centrelink income test threshold lifted to give more Australians support during coronavirus pandemic

Australians seeking welfare because of the coronavirus pandemic can now receive support if their partner earns about $79,000 a year, up from $48,000.
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Centrelink income test threshold boosted

Australians seeking welfare because of the coronavirus pandemic can now receive support if their partner earns about $79,000 a year, up from $48,000.
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Thousands of backpackers are stranded in Australia with no work and no flights to get home

Many thousands of backpackers and temporary workers are stuck in Australia, without access to work or Centrelink and with international flights halting, no way to get home.
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Labor demands national Centrelink hotline as workers again line up to register for unemployment benefits

The federal government should set up a dedicated Centrelink hotline for people who have lost their jobs because of coronavirus, Labor says.
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Stuart Robert backtracks on claim MyGov website crashed due to cyber attack

Thousands of Australians have queued around Centrelink offices across the country and the online portal for government services has crashed as people scramble to apply for benefits amid the coronavirus..
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MyGov website crashes, queues outside Centrelink amid virus pandemic

Australians are unable to access the online portal for government services after the MyGov website crashed on Monday morning during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Centrelink, welfare staff barred for months from Aboriginal land

The workers, which included those from the Australian Electoral Commission, were barred from the South Australian land over a dispute with a land rights holder.
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'Couldn't believe it': Bushfire victims denied relief payments

Struggling locals in bushfire zones are fighting battles over technicalities with Centrelink just to get disaster payments.
The Age - Published

Quiet Australians, it's time to ask Centrelink for your money back - loudly

A court victory for one robodebt victim is a triumph for all - except the government and bureaucracy that unlawfully gouged people's money.
The Age - Published

Centrelink halts 'extraordinary mess' robo-debt scheme targeting welfare recipients

The public sector union has called for more Centrelink staff to deal with changes to the welfare debt recovery program, now that "robo-debt" won't be relied on.
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Centrelink winds back 'robo-debt' system

The public sector union has called for more Centrelink staff to deal with changes to the welfare debt recovery program, now that "robo-debt" won't be relied on.
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Indigenous Australians are struggling to fill in Centrelink forms, Ken Wyatt says

Indigenous Australians Minister Ken Wyatt says there are increasing reports some Indigenous people are not claiming income support due to low literacy levels.
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'I don't have any trust': Centrelink robo-debt recipients say it feels like bullying

People who've received Centrelink's so-called robo-debt notices say the system is too opaque when they try to get to the bottom of how debts are incurred.
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Centrelink robo-debt 'feels like bullying'

People who've received Centrelink's so-called robo-debt notices say the system is too opaque when they try to get to the bottom of how debts are incurred.
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'Government needs to take greater responsibility': Centrelink robo-debt inquiry heads west

WA-based welfare groups have fronted a senate inquiry into Centrelink's controversial robo-debt recovery scheme, which is facing calls to be scrapped.
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Centrelink robo-debt inquiry heads west

WA-based welfare groups have fronted a senate inquiry into Centrelink's controversial robo-debt recovery scheme, which is facing calls to be scrapped.
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Class action launched against Centrelink's controversial robo-debt system

Lawyers and former Labor leader Bill Shorten have unveiled a class action against Centrelink's controversial robo-debt welfare recovery scheme.
SBS - Published

'This is incompetence': Families out of pocket after Centrelink glitch

One mother of two says she is almost $10,000 out of pocket after her credit card was charged three times during a nationwide glitch affecting Centrelink's website.
The Age - Published

Mother claimed government money for almost 15 years after baby's death

A 41-year-old woman is awaiting sentence in NSW after fraudulently receiving more than $200,000 in Centrelink payments after her baby girl died.
SBS - Published

How the Reserve Bank's interest rate cut will affect vulnerable Australian retirees

Retirees who rely on interest from their savings were among the biggest losers in last week's interest rate cut, as term deposit and savings rates are slashed. But changes to Centrelink rules on 1 July..
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Issues with robo-debt flagged with the UN

In a submission to the UN, the Human Rights Law Centre has flagged concerns with Centrelink's use of automation for penalties, saying it creates more poverty.
SBS - Published

New robo-debt challenge in Federal Court

A second challenge against Centrelink's robo-debt program is being launched by Victorian Legal Aid.
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