Unlike other debts such as those owed to utilities companies or credit providers, debts owed to the DOH are problematic because even if a client is judgement proof or the statute of limitations prevents any enforcement of the debt, it will still exist within the DOH’s internal accounting systems.
However, the DOH have now changed their policy in relation to outstanding debt. Any outstanding debt to the DOH will no longer impact future offers of housing.
Note that if you are seeking to argue that the DOH should withdraw or amend aspects of its claims as a result of its policies around family violence and compensation claims, then you may need to apply for the review hearing to be adjourned to allow these negotiations to take place. If these negotiations will not be able to finalised until material is obtained by the lawyers (i.e. from police or the courts), a lengthy adjournment should be requested and arranged with the DOH prior to the Tribunal rehearing application proceeding.