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If your safety is at risk, you can request to hide your address from the National Personal Insolvency Index (NPII).
However, we cannot hide your name and date of birth.
Eligibility to make a request
AFSA will consider requests to withhold your address from being published on the National Personal Insolvency Index in limited circumstances, such as if you:
- have had a domestic violence order or apprehended violence order granted to protect you
- are in a witness protection programme.
Making the request
The option to request to hide your address or other information from the National Personal Insolvency Index (NPII) can be made on your bankruptcy application form at question 6.
If you are already bankrupt, in a personal insolvency agreement or debt agreement you can contact us to make a written request or use the Request for information to not be on the NPII form.
Evidence is not mandatory however if available it can be used to support your request.
Evidence can include but is not limited to the following examples:
- domestic violence order or similar
- police report regarding threats of personal violence
- report from a social worker, medical practitioner or relevant practitioner
- evidence you are in a witness protection programme.
People who can make this request:
- the relevant police department
- someone else on your behalf - e.g. a financial counsellor.
If you are in a witness protection programme and enter bankruptcy (or any insolvency option) we won't list any:
- former name
- alias or
- address that could identify you.
If you do not submit your request with your Bankruptcy Form and your bankruptcy application is accepted, your full details may be published on the NPII.
Please ensure when submitting an online application or a printed application that you complete the details at question 6.
If you are already bankrupt, in a personal insolvency agreement or debt agreement and want to submit a request to hide your details, please contact us to make a written request or use the Request for information to not be on the NPII form.
We will inform you of the outcome of your request in writing. If you are unhappy with the decision made, there is a right of appeal to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.
For information about the Official Receiver's current practice regarding suppression of information on the NPII see Official Receiver Practice Statement 8 – The National Personal Insolvency Index.