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New debtors, March quarter 2023

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In the March quarter 2023, the number of people who entered a new personal insolvency in Greater Sydney fell by 32 (-7.6%) to 388; Penrith (32) was the region with the most people entering into a new personal insolvency. The rest of New South Wales rose by 20 (7.5%) to 286; Lower Hunter (19) was the region with the most people entering into a new personal insolvency.

In the March quarter 2023, the number of people who entered a new personal insolvency in Greater Melbourne rose by 34 (+12.2%) to 312; Wyndham (36) was the region with the most people entering into a new personal insolvency. The rest of Victoria fell by 3 (-2.4%) to 120; Geelong (25) was the region with the most people entering into a new personal insolvency.

In the March quarter 2023, the number of people who entered a new personal insolvency in Greater Brisbane rose by 68 (+25.2%) to 338; North Lakes (26) was the region with the most people entering into a new personal insolvency. The rest of Queensland rose by 57 (+18.0%) to 373; Townsville (36) was the region with the most people entering into a new personal insolvency.

In the March quarter 2023, the number of people who entered a new personal insolvency in Greater Adelaide rose by 31 (+30.4%) to 133; Playford (36) was the region with the most people entering into a new personal insolvency. The rest of South Australia rose by 15 (+57.7%) to 41; Murray and Mallee (13) was the regions with the most people entering into a new personal insolvency.

In the March quarter 2023, the number of people who entered a new personal insolvency in Greater Perth fell by 30 (-15.7%) to 161; Mandurah (16), Wanneroo (16), and Rockingham (16) were the regions with the most people entering into a new personal insolvency. The rest of Western Australia rose by 11 (+29.7%) to 48; Bunbury (12) was the region with the most people entering into a new personal insolvency.

In the March quarter 2023, the number of people who entered a new personal insolvency in Greater Hobart rose by 3 (+8.1%) to 40; Brighton (10) was the region with the most people entering into a new personal insolvency. The rest of Tasmania rose by 6 (+15.0%) to 46; Devonport (12) was the region with the most people entering into a new personal insolvency.

In the March quarter 2023, the number of people who entered a new personal insolvency in Greater Darwin fell by 5 (-33.3%) to 10; Darwin Suburbs (3) and Darwin City (3) were the regions with the most people entering into a new personal insolvency. The rest of the Northern Territory fell by 1 (-10.0%) to 9; Alice Springs (5) was the region with the most people entering into a new personal insolvency.

In the March quarter 2023, the number of people who entered a new personal insolvency in Australian Capital Territory fell by 5 (-17.9%) to 23; Belconnen (5), and Tuggeranong (5) were the regions with the most people entering into a new personal insolvency.

Download the data

This zip file contains the full set of regional personal insolvency statistics we have published for the current quarter. Associated commentary and charts are drawn exclusively from this data set. Individual links to all tables packaged in the zip file are provided on this page.

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Changes to regional statistics

We have introduced minor revisions to our quarterly time series on personal insolvencies. Most of these revisions affect the date that we report bankruptcies by sequestration order (involuntary bankruptcies). Previously, we reported on these matters when we became aware of them. We now report them based on the date that the court granted a sequestration order. This is consistent with how we report our other types of personal insolvency.

The new Bankruptcy Online system commenced on 2 January 2020 and introduced changes to the Statement of Affairs form. We revised regional statistics time series in March quarter 2020. We will publish archived historical time series using the old method until March quarter 2021.

For more information, see changes to regional statistics.

Media release

You can read our commentary for this quarter in our media release.

Full reports

To access the collection of the quarterly statistics excel reports, see Quarterly regional personal insolvency statistics reports.

Regional statistics release schedule

We publish all statistics release dates in advance.

Further information

For further information about the statistics, see the Guide to quarterly regional statistics.