The Australian Government has established a royal commission into the former debt assessment and recovery scheme commonly known as Robodebt.

The inquiry will examine, among other things:

  • The establishment, design and implementation of the scheme; who was responsible for it; why they considered Robodebt necessary; and, any concerns raised regarding the legality and fairness;
  • The handling of concerns raised about the scheme, including adverse decisions made by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal;
  • The outcomes of the scheme, including the harm to vulnerable individuals and the total financial cost to government; and
  • Measures needed to prevent similar failures in public administration.

Former Queensland Supreme Court justice Catherine Holmes will lead the commission. She is required to produce a final report by 18 April 2023.

Further information available here.


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