The former head of the Federal Government’s digital transformation office, Paul Shelter, says the error rates of Centrelink’s data-matching processes are so high that any private enterprise would have gone out of business. (Image Source: Flickr)
Centrelink has been increasingly under fire this week amid reports of false debt notices being issued to low-income Australians as a result of new data-matching with the ATO… In some cases, customers are being asked to provide payslips from six years ago.
Shelter told The Guardian the Department of Human Services has a culture of blame aversion, with only good news making it up through the chain of bureaucracy.
As we know, the Xmas period can be stressful for some of us, for many reasons, and Lifeline offers 24-hour, 7-day-a-week support: 13 11 14. Brisbane Line speaks with Lee-Anne Borham (Lifeline Program Manager, Crisis Support and Suicide Prevention) about the issues people most often contact Lifeline about at this time of year, and what we can do to look after ourselves and one another. And if you think someone’s doing it a bit tough, don’t be scared to ask them how they’re doing.
The transgender youth service will remain open for a few more months after temporarily securing funding. (Image Source: Jack McDonnell)
Youth service JellyBeans to stay open.. for now
The transgender youth service, JellyBeans, will be able to stay open for another 3 months, after securing a $5000 donation on behalf of Brisbane Central State MP Grace Grace but needs continuing support.
Last month, Open Doors chair, Tyrone Shandiman, announced the group would be forced to shut down at the end of this month unless it can acquire more support.
Jelly Beans socially support transgender, gender variant and genderqueer people under the age of 24.
A new website aiming to reduce stigma surrounding suicide in farming communities is asking people from farming communities to complete an in-depth survey to help researchers better understand the impact suicide has on families left behind.
The Ripple Effect, launched a few months ago, has garnered more than 7000 visits, and also provides strategies on how to deal with negative thoughts, as well as information on how to help someone who is thinking about taking their own life or struggling with suicide bereavement.
Research by Griffith University shows that Queensland and New South Wales agricultural workers could be twice as likely to die by suicide compared to those in other occupations.