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Surviving Bankruptcies in Australia

Surviving Bankruptcies in Australia

Filling for bankruptcy certainly feels like you have hit rock bottom in your finances. While it does help you get rid of your debt, the bankruptcy still stays on the credit report for a few years. However, it is also a chance to start from a clean slate.

You can still improve your situation and be in control from the beginning to avoid going once again into financial troubles. There are various ways of surviving bankruptcy in Australia. Let’s have a look.

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Things to Monitor After Bankruptcy

After you declare bankruptcy, you must monitor a few things to regain control of your financial situation.

Credit Report

Be sure to continuously monitor your credit score and credit report after your bankruptcy. Using credit responsibly and wisely can help you in improving your credit score drastically. Be sure that your credit report stays accurate.

Bank Balance

It is essential to also monitor and maintain a savings or checking account steadily to improve your situation and survive bankruptcy.


Monitor your bills and pay them as soon as you receive them to improve your credit score. Make sure you are current on all the bills so that your credit score after the bankruptcy stays clean. Be watchful of your expenditure to avoid bills piling up.

Things to Avoid After Bankruptcy

When trying to survive bankruptcy, It is also important to stay clear of a few things, including:

Credit Card Scams

While the offer might be tempting, you need to remember you have already filed for bankruptcy. You don’t need more financial problems in your life. This is your time to improve your credit score, which is why keep on the lookout for scams.

Here are some signs of a scam:

  • Upfront payment is required
  • Your legal rights aren’t highlighted
  • Discouraging you to consult credit reporting agencies

Taking New Credit

It is best to avoid taking on new credit unless you are absolutely sure that you would be able to handle it. Keep in mind; you don’t want to end up where you started. Therefore, it is best to avoid.

Using Credit Cards

This is the biggest risk of falling back into your old habits. Avoid using credit cards altogether or at least restrict the usage and be sure to repay immediately.

Budgeting After Bankruptcy

Surviving bankruptcy can’t be done without learning how to properly create a budget and stick to it. Here are a few tips for creating a budget:

  • Determine how much you earn every month or week
  • Calculate your weekly or monthly expenses, including rent, electricity bills, groceries, etc.
  • Set aside the amount saved after spending on monthly expenses and transfer a certain percentage to your emergency or savings account.
  • Identify areas where you are overspending
  • Determine ways you can cut back on expenses by selecting less expensive options

Without budgeting after a bankruptcy, you might start facing similar financial problems.

How to Recover After Bankruptcy

The most important step to surviving bankruptcy is a proper recovery. It is certainly possible to recover after bankruptcy by making certain changes in your life. Here are a few tips to help you out:

  • Start keeping track of your expenses and income
  • Stick to the budget you have created
  • Go for “cash-only” options for a certain amount of time
  • Pay all your bills on time as a priority
  • Find ways to improve your credit score
  • Use a secured credit card if you have to
  • Be sure to monitor your credit regularly

These changes will put you in control of your financial situation and help you survive and come out of bankruptcy stronger.

Life After Bankruptcy Discharge

In Australia, the discharge from bankruptcy automatically occurs three years and one day after the bankruptcy was accepted. However, in some cases, this period might be extended.

Whether you get discharged in the stated period, or it takes a little longer, it is essential that you are more vigilant with your finances to avoid further problems. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Getting a discharge from bankruptcy won’t get you to bank your assets and belongings even if they weren’t sold.
  • If you purchase a new asset after getting a bankruptcy discharge, it stays under your name and won’t be claimed by any trustee.
  • Maintaining a home and job is crucial after bankruptcy discharge. To improve your credit score and will eventually show your future creditors, if any, that you have learned from your mistakes and are reliable.
  • When you declare bankruptcy, your details appear in various public records, and most of them get automatically removed after bankruptcy discharge after a specific time. However, you might need to get certain public records changed, including sending confirmation to all credit reference agencies to get your file updated.

Get Help Before Filing for Better Success With Surviving Bankruptcy

Bankruptcy can be intimidating, but it is also a fresh beginning. It is a chance for you to be more in control of your finances. Take this as an opportunity to grow and learn from your experience and make wiser and more informed financial decisions.

You can also get in touch with bankruptcy consultants to help you file and survive bankruptcy successfully.


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    For Ross, it’s important to see the people behind the financial problem –not just numbers.

    Ross recently helped a bankrupt client who lives in a retirement village with her seriously ill husband.

    The unit she & her husband live in is not owned by them, but subject to a 20-year lease.

    The money to be repaid by the management was due only at sale, when the client finally left the retirement village.

    Sale of the unit was likely to take several years &, if he did sell the couple’s unit, Ross realised he would be effectively evicting them from their home, without resources or family to help them.

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    The village management considered the proposal & have agreed to prepay some of the moneys otherwise due.

    The client is relieved that she will not be evicted & can now concentrate on helping her husband through his health issues.

    The moneys paid represented about 75% of what would have been available to creditors if they waited two years.

    It is a win for the client and for the creditors.

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