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Centrelink: Australian government program
The Centrelink Master Program, or more commonly known as Centrelink, is a Department of Human Services 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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'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.
SBS - Published

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.
SBS - Published

'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.
SBS - Published

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.
SBS - Published

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..
SBS - Published

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.
SBS - Published

Terminally ill man spent final two weeks filling out Centrelink forms

The 61-year-old from Melbourne attempted suicide after his welfare payments were cancelled twice in the months before his death, advocates say.
SBS - Published

Centrelink wipes 'robo debt' at centre of test case

The Department of Human Services has wiped a $4000 debt owed by a Melbourne nurse, which is at the centre of a Federal Court challenge to Centrelink's 'robo-debt' recovery scheme.
The Age - Published

Centrelink privacy breach 'horrendous'

Labor MP Linda Burney has criticised government management of a remote community jobs program after client details were published on a public Facebook page.
SBS - Published

'I thought it was a hoax': When Centrelink tells you your son doesn't exist

Centrelink sent Kim a letter saying her son didn't exist, and that she owed almost $7000 ... only problem was, her son was sitting right next to her.
The Age - Published

Robo-debts scheme takes hard line: 'We charge compound interest daily'

Centrelink has threatened to charge daily compounding interest, garnish wages or seize funds from the bank accounts of former welfare recipients who fail to pay 'robo debts' issued by the government's..
The Age - Published

Free wi-fi available at Centrelink offices

All Centrelink offices will now offer free wi-fi, Human Services Minister Michael Keenan says.
SBS - Published

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