Robodebt Royal Commission

  • If elected, Labor will establish a Royal Commission into Robodebt by the end of this year and begin consulting on the Terms of Reference for the Commission after the election.

  • An Albanese Labor Government will uncover the truth of the Morrison Government’s illegal Robodebt scheme, return integrity to the public service, and ensure a disaster like this never happens again.

Why do we need this?

The Morrison Government has consistently denied, obstructed and covered-up the origins of the Robodebt scandal and refused to take responsibility. 

It is only when Labor organised a class action that a $1.8 billion settlement was made to repay victims and keep ministers out of the witness box. 

We need to learn the truth of Robodebt’s origins so that something like can never again be perpetrated by an Australian Government against its citizens. 

The illegal and immoral Robodebt scheme caused serious harm to many Australian families – who have reported that this contributed to stress, anxiety, financial destitution and even suicide. 

The details

Labor will establish a Royal Commission into Robodebt by the end of this year and begin consulting on the Terms of Reference for the Commission after the election.

A Labor Government would ask a Royal Commission to examine and report on the Robodebt scheme, consistent with these key objectives which will be reflected in the Terms of Reference:

  1. To establish who was responsible for establishing Robodebt scheme.
  2. To establish what advice, and what process or processes, informed the design and implementation of the Robodebt scheme.
  3. To investigate the handling of complaints about the Robodebt scheme – including in relation to the scheme’s legality – by Services Australia, the Department of Human Services, other relevant Commonwealth agencies and Ministers. 
  4. To determine how much the implementation, suspension and wind-back of the Robodebt scheme cost taxpayers.
  5. To investigate the harm caused to law-abiding Australians by the Robodebt scheme.
  6. To investigate the use of third-party debt collectors under the Robodebt scheme.

Our consultation after the election will inform the Terms of Reference for the Royal Commission. Labor has allocated $30 million over the forward estimates for the establishment of the Royal Commission.

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