615,000+ robo-debts raised since data-matching project’s inception

Services Australia has provided updated statistics on Centrelink’s Online Compliance Intervention (OCI) — robo-debt — program, confirming that from 1 July 2016 through 31 August 2019 there had been 1,159,662 assessments initiated. Services Australia and its predecessor, the Department of Human Services, over this period raised a total of 617,018 debts. One assessment can however lead to multiple debts if the recipient has been the beneficiary of different types of income support payments, the department said. The information, revealed via questions on notice from the last round of Senate Estimates in October, also showed the average debt was AU$2,630.

Source: ZD Net

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