Class action notices

Information for people who got a class action notice from us.

The Income Compliance class action has settled. This means the matter will no longer go to trial, if the Court agrees on the settlement.

The class action and our refund process are two separate things.

The class action includes people who had debts raised under the Income Compliance Program, regardless of how we calculated the debt.

We’re refunding repayments on debts we raised using averaged ATO income information.

Not everyone who got a class action notice will be eligible for a refund.

How we sent the notices

We sent class action notices through myGov or in the mail. If you didn’t get a class action notice but think you should have, contact Gordon Legal. You can also contact them if you need further information about your class action notice.

What the class action is

Gordon Legal filed a class action lawsuit against the Commonwealth of Australia on behalf of 6 applicants and other group members. The class action relates to Centrelink debts raised by income compliance reviews since July 2015.

As part of this class action, the Federal Court required us to send notices to members of the class. Consistent with orders from the Federal Court, we contacted people who are members of the class. We did this even if their debts had not used income averaging.

Page last updated: 17 November 2020