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Key details of robodebt royal commission

ROBODEBT ROYAL COMMISSION

* A Letters Patent has been issued by the governor-general to establish a royal commission into the former debt assessment and recovery scheme commonly known as “robodebt”.

* The inquiry will be based in Brisbane and headed by Catherine Holmes, the former chief justice of the Supreme Court of Queensland who previously headed the inquiry into the 2010-11 floods.

* Terms of reference include the establishment, design and implementation of the scheme, who was responsible for it, why they considered robodebt necessary, and any concerns raised regarding legality and fairness.

* As well, it will examine 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.

* The government has allocated $30 million for the royal commission and the final report will be delivered to the governor-general by April 18, 2023.

* Financial help will be available to people requested to formally engage with the royal commission, for example, to appear as a witness.

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