This program is wrong and must stop
In July 2016 Centrelink commenced piloting the automated debt recovery program. This program matches Centrelink and Australian Taxation Office data and detects discrepancies in the information held by both agencies.
The measure was expected to recover $1.3 billion over three years. The government has used data matching since the 1990s but Centrelink staff were involved in the decision making. Approximately 20,000 discrepancy notices were sent each year.