Bankruptcy law changes to provide relief

The Australian Government has temporarily changed bankruptcy law to help protect people who are facing unmanageable debt as a result of the economic impacts of COVID-19.

If you're a sole trader, or operating a business as a partnership, you could face personal bankruptcy if you can’t pay your debts.

If you're in financial difficulty you can now apply for temporary debt protection; this prevents recovery action by unsecured creditors for six months. You can use the time to:

  • Seek free advice from a financial counselor.

  • Negotiate payment plans with creditors

  • Consider whether you require a formal insolvency option.

In addition, the temporary debt relief measures have increased the:

  • Minimum amount of debt that can trigger bankruptcy (from $5,000 to $20,000)

  • Time an individual has to respond to a Bankruptcy Notice (from 21 days to six months).


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