Sunday, 05 April, 2020


MyGov website crashes as Centrelink swamped

Centrelink drowns under stimulus flood Government Services Minister says go online & don't turn up to Centrelink…
Conrad Doyle | 25 March, 2020, 10:50

THE website giving Australians access to government services has crashed as people deal with the fallout of the coronavirus pandemic.

"I made a claim online and the website, I guess you can say broke, so I've come here to sort it out", Mr Lamaba said.

"MyGov has not been offline, it's simply suffered from a distributed denial of service attack this morning", he said earlier in Canberra.

Mr Robert has urged people to go online to start their claims.

The Government is also doubling dole payments as it seeks to cushion the economy from the devastating impact of the pandemic.

The leader of the opposition party, Anthony Albanese, called it an "incompetence attack", according to The Guardian, and Shadow Services minister Bill Shorten took to Twitter to accuse Roberts of lying.

Right across the country, there are long queues snaking around blocks outside Centrelink offices.

First-time welfare recipients have been told they can only get a customer reference number by applying in person.

Service Australia had expected a surge in users as it upgraded the myGov site over the weekend so believed it could handle the spike, according to The Guardian.

One woman wearing a surgical mask said she had been waiting outside the Chatswood Centrelink office in Sydney's north for half an hour after failing to get through on the phone since Friday.

Many of those waiting were cautious, with some standing apart practising social distancing while others wore masks while they waited.

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