It's less than four weeks until Bankruptcy Online commences, on 2 January 2020. The new Bankruptcy Form is available to view on our website—and from 12 December 2019, registered trustees will be able to download a blank form from the Practitioner Online portal. This will enable trustees to email the blank form to their client, or assist them to complete the form. Once complete, the trustee can email the completed form and the consent to act form to registry [at] afsa.gov.au.
Please note though, we will not accept applications using the new Bankruptcy Form until 2 January 2020. In the interim, the debtor's petition and statement of affairs forms should be used.
People applying for bankruptcy from 2 January 2020, can still seek assistance to complete the form if needed. That won't change. However the new Bankruptcy Form (Q17) does ask for the name of the person / organisation that provided them assistance and any fee paid. This will allow us to collect data on where people seek information and assistance from and also identify sources of poor or inappropriate information or advice.
Please continue to check the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on our website to stay up to date as we get closer to the release of the new Bankruptcy Form and Bankruptcy Online. We now have FAQs for people applying for bankruptcy and for practitioners and financial counsellors.
If you have a question that is not covered by the FAQs, please email stakeholders [at] afsa.gov.au and we will publish a response on the web page.