Working with people affected by bushfires

The devastating bushfires burning across large parts of the country have impacted thousands of Australians.

If you have been affected by the bushfires, crisis support services such as Beyond Blue and Lifeline have published resources specifically for people impacted by natural disasters.

Financial support is also available for people in areas that have been declared a disaster, more information is available on the Department of Human Services website. The National Debt Helpline (1800 007 007) can also provide information and support to those facing financial hardship.

During this difficult period AFSA is committed to working as flexibly as possible with those who require our services who have been affected by the bushfires. This includes, amongst other things, an ability to defer certain activities to ensure obligations of bankruptcy do not create an additional burden at what is already a difficult time.

We have recently written to all bankruptcy trustees and debt agreement administrators to encourage them to take a similar approach.

We encourage anyone in need of further assistance to contact AFSA on 1300 364 785.