Mutual obligation and participation requirements for Centrelink recipients have been paused for Aussies in flood-affected areas of New South Wales.
Those in flood-affected local government areas (LGAs) will not have to meet their requirements from July 5 to July 12.
This will affect Aussies who live in:
The Hills Shire
Services Australia said during this period, no payment suspensions or financial penalties would apply to those who didn’t meet their requirements.
Debt collecting resumes
Back in January, Services Australia advised that the temporary pause on Centrelink debts had been lifted and letters would be sent to those who owed money.
The debt pause was in place for LGAs in New South Wales, Victoria, South-East Queensland and the Australian Capital Territory.
Many welfare recipients were overpaid, with the debts owed “drastically increased”.
Rishworth said some debts had been sitting in the system for more than three years, and that “some people aren’t even aware that they’ve received too much money from Services Australia”.
You can see details of your debt in the Money You Owe service in your Centrelink online account through myGov.