Robodebt class-action settlement: impacts and options for affected people

Free community legal education sessions February 2022

In June 2021 the Federal Court made an Order, following agreement between the parties, in the Robodebt class-action. This is known as the Robodebt class-action settlement. You can find out more about the Robodebt class-action settlement, here.

Per the settlement, only Group Members (people told by Centrelink they might be affected by the class-action) who had debts calculated as a result of Centrelink using ATO income averaging, are entitled to a settlement payment and refunds on any amount they have paid back to Centrelink. Some people who were included as class-action Group Members did not have debts that were calculated as a result of using ATO income averaging. These people may still have other rights of review, to seek a waiver or recalculation of their Centrelink debt, through other legal pathways. 

We know this has been a confusing time for Group Members and there are lots of questions in the community and sector about the impact of the settlement and the rights of people whose debts won’t be wiped by the settlement.  

SSRV will be running two free community legal education session, one for workers and one for members of the community, on the impact of the Robodebt settlement in early February 2022 (online). These events will be open for registration in January. Please follow us on Facebook or check our website in January 2022 for registration information and to sign up for the events. 

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