Basic Rights Queensland represented Sarah* at the Administrative Appeals Tribunal regarding a debt of approximately $14 000 for overpayment of education-related payments and for a mobility allowance.
Sarah has an acquired brain injury and has significant memory issues. She is a recipient of the Disability Support Pension and receives daily in-home support through the NDIS.
Basic Rights Queensland argued at the Administrative Appeals Tribunal that the debt should be waived because Sarah’s brain injury affected her ability to comply with Centrelink obligations.
The Administrative Appeals Tribunal waived $6,000 of the total debt. Basic Rights Queensland then assisted Sarah to arrange an affordable repayment plan with Centrelink for the remainder of the debt.
(*not her real name)