Indexed amounts

The Bankruptcy Act and Regulations contain a number of thresholds, limits and other amounts that are regularly indexed (changed in line with the Consumer Price Index or the base pension rate).

Release date: 23 April 2014

Protected property

LimitBankruptcy Act


A bankrupt may keep tools used to earn an income up to this limit.




A bankrupt may keep vehicles (cars or motorbikes) used mainly for transport up to this limit. The amount refers to the equity in the vehicles (the value of the vehicles less the sum owing under finance).



Limits updated each financial year

Credit limit


Bankruptcy Act

Above this limit, bankrupts/debtors must disclose their bankruptcy or debt agreement status* when applying for, or buying goods and services on credit or by cheque.


s.304A(g) and (j)

A trustee may lodge an objection if a bankrupt/debtor obtains credit over this limit without disclosing their bankruptcy or debt agreement. s.269
It is a criminal offence if you are bankrupt or subject to a debt agreement to obtain or attempt to obtain credit in certain circumstances. Severe penalties apply to these offences.
Limit updated quarterly

*This extends to debtors in debt agreements that commenced on or after 1 December 2010

Official Receiver allowances and advances


Bankruptcy Act


A person, other than a bankrupt, who attends before the Official Receiver or authorised officer to give evidence/information is entitled to this allowance.


s.304A(1)(a) to (c)


Where a person is required to attend before the Official Receiver, the Official Receiver must offer the following advances on allowances and reimbursement of expenses before a person begins travelling by:


  • aircraft
$21 s.77E(2)
  • private motor vehicle
$21 s.77E(3)
  • other
$10 s.77E(4)(a) and (b)
Limits updated quarterly

Part IX debt agreement eligibility


Bankruptcy Act

Unsecured debts and assets

A person cannot propose a debt agreement if their unsecured debts are more than this limit.

A person cannot propose a debt agreement if their divisible property is more than this limit.


s.185C(4)(b) and (c)

Income level

A person cannot propose a debt agreement if their after tax income for the year is more than this limit.



Limits updated twice a year: 20 March and 20 September

Other amounts


Bankruptcy Act

Registered trustee minimum fee entitlement

Trustees are paid to administer bankruptcies, PIAs and s188 authorities. From 1 December 2010 they may recover this minimum fee (if not fixed by
creditors) from any property and/or income realised in the estate.



Limits updated quarterly

Extent of priority for employee amounts

If an employee is owed money by a bankrupt, they are entitled to receive payment of any dividends issued in preference to those issued to other unsecured creditors, up to this limit.



Limit updated each financial year

*For bankruptcies, PIAs and s188 authorities executed prior to 1 December 2010, trustees may recover $1,757 (indexed) from the bankrupt/debtor under former s304(1)(i), to the extent they cannot recover from the estate.

Income contributions


Bankruptcy Act

Base Income Threshold Amount (BITA) no dependants

Used when calculating a bankrupt’s income contributions.

(net of tax)


Actual Income Threshold Amount (AITA) with dependants

Used when calculating a bankrupt’s income contributions which vary according to the number of dependants.

Number of dependants Income limit
over 4
Limits updated twice a year: 20 March and 20 September



Bankruptcy Act

Amount a person can earn and still remain a “dependant”

A person is allowed to earn an income up to this limit during the contribution
assessment period and still be considered a dependant for the purpose of
calculating a bankrupt’s income contribution liability, provided the person
meets the other requirements necessary to be considered a dependant.



Limit updated quarterly

Bankruptcy notice


Bankruptcy Act

This is the minimum judgment amount upon which a bankruptcy notice can be based.



The minimum judgment amount is set by the Bankruptcy Act and is not indexed


Historical indexations

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