This section contains information about bankruptcy matters in the Federal Circuit Court of Australia.

Bankruptcy matters can also be heard in the Federal Court of Australia.

If you want to make general enquiries about bankruptcy and the alternatives, please contact the Australian Financial Security Authority (AFSA) (formerly the Insolvency and Trustee Service Australia (ITSA)) in your state or territory or visit their website at

If you do not have a lawyer there are organisations which may be able to provide free or low-cost legal advice or assistance. Court staff cannot provide legal advice.

New Federal Circuit Court (Bankruptcy) Rules

With effect from 1 April 2016, the Federal Circuit Court (Bankruptcy) Rules 2016 will replace the current Federal Circuit Court (Bankruptcy) Rules 2006.

The new Bankruptcy Rules rewrite the existing rules in the contemporary drafting style using consistent terminology with the Bankruptcy Act. The new Rules also correct obvious errors and provide guidance where required.

New approved forms will complement the new rules. The existing forms will have a grace period of six months to allow for precedent system changes.

The new forms can be used from 1 April 2016.

For further information on the new Bankruptcy rules and forms see: Federal Circuit Court (Bankruptcy) Rules 2016 in the Latest News section of the website.