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Response to the “Personal Insolvency Discussion Paper”

Submission to: Attorney-General’s Department

Joint consumer submission (Ied by Financial Rights Legal Centre) in response to the above discussion paper, which in turn came from a Roundtable hosted by the Attorney-General in March 2023. We argue that the forced bankruptcy threshold should increase from $10,000 to $50,000, that the bankruptcy notice period be extended to 60 days, that the National Personal Insolvency Index be modernised and harmonised with the credit reporting framework,  that entering a debt agreement should not be an act of bankruptcy and that the payment to income ratio for a debt agreement should be set by legislative instrument to mitigate against people entering into unaffordable agreements.

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