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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 www.afsa.gov.au

The National Debt Helpline (NDH) is a not-for-profit service that helps people in Australia tackle their debt problems.  Professional financial counsellors offer a free, independent and confidential service through the NDH. Financial counsellors are professionals who will guide you through your options to try to help you plan your way out of debt.NDH is funded by the Federal Government and the State governments of Victoria and NSW and  is co-ordinated by Financial Counselling Australia, the peak body for financial counsellors. You can contact NDH on 1800 007 007 or by visiting the National Debt Helpline website.

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.

Temporary debt relief measures

Please note that on 25 March 2020, temporary changes came into effect to support individuals and businesses. The temporary debt relief measures include:

  • Debt threshold for creditors to apply for a Bankruptcy Notice against a debtor will increase from $5,000 to $20,000.
  • Timeframe for a debtor to respond to a Bankruptcy Notice before a creditor can commence bankruptcy proceedings will be increased from 21 days to up to six months.
  • Temporary protection period procedure available for debtors to prevent recovery action by unsecured creditors will increase from 21 days to six months.

These temporary measures will be available until 31 December 2020. The temporary changes do not impact on Bankruptcy Notices issued before 25 March 2020.

Visit the Australian Financial Security Authority website for further information on the temporary measures.

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