Centrelink rule change jeopardises disability pension for thousands of inmates | Australia news

The federal government plans to cancel the disability support pension for thousands of prisoners, regardless of whether they’ve been found guilty or are still on remand. A significant change to the disability support pension was announced in last week’s budget, the latest in a long-running effort to tighten access to …

Sugar spill scare sparks evacuation at Adelaide Centrelink office

Sugar spill scare sparks evacuation at Adelaide Centrelink office

Posted May 16, 2018 17:31:19 An accidental sugar spill at a Centrelink office in Adelaide’s south has prompted an emergency evacuation, with a HAZMAT team brought in to test the substance. The Metropolitan Fire Service, Country Fire Service and police were called to the building at Noarlunga Centre at 11.20am …

Centrelink customers promised reduced wait times as Government hires 1,000 extra call centre operators

Centrelink customers promised reduced wait times as Government hires 1,000 extra call centre operators

Updated April 23, 2018 07:11:52 Photo: Centrelink clients say it can take “an hour or two” to get through on the phone line. (AAP) Have you spent untold minutes, or even hours on hold to Centrelink, listening to classical music only to slam down the phone in frustration? If the …

Centrelink threatens to charge interest on $900m worth of welfare debts

Centrelink threatens to charge interest on $900m worth of welfare debts

Posted April 20, 2018 00:00:41 The Federal Government has decided to go after almost 170,000 Australians who have welfare debts, threatening to charge them interest on the funds owed which have topped more than $900 million nationally. Key points: Centrelink is targeting people who have debts racked up from former …

Centrelink: Incident at Adelaide office prompts conversation about ‘deep frustration’

Centrelink: Incident at Adelaide office prompts conversation about ‘deep frustration’

Updated March 22, 2018 11:47:31 Photo: Advocates say the Centrelink system is frustrating for those who use it. (AAP: Tracey Nearmy (file photo)) As the Federal Government announces it will review penalties for people who abuse staff at Centrelink — those representing people on welfare say the system is causing …