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.