If you are in financial stress due to the bushfires, or if you are a volunteer, there are a number of support services available to assist you during this time. Free financial help is available through the National Debt Helpline on 1800 007 007. See Dealing with debt for more options.
You can also find information about emergency assistance on the Department of Human Services website Help in an emergency.
Controlling trustee authority
Authorisation given by a debtor to a trustee or solicitor of his or her choice that appoints the trustee/solicitor to manage the debtor’s affairs under section 188 of the Bankruptcy Act 1966, without him or her becoming bankrupt.