Victoria Legal Aid says case in the federal court will argue the calculations underpinning the system are inaccurate and unlawful

The government’s controversial automated Centrelink debt recovery system – known as “robo-debt” by critics – is set to face a legal challenge in the federal court.

In what lawyers described as a landmark case, Victoria Legal Aid will on Wednesday announce a challenge to the way Centrelink evaluates whether a person owes a welfare debt under the $3.7bn system. It will argue the “crude calculations” created using tax office information are insufficient to assess a person’s earnings and, therefore, unlawful.

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