Filing for bankruptcy in australia from overseas

Do I have to be in the country to go bankrupt?

Do I have to be in the country to go bankrupt?

To file for bankruptcy you need to be:

  • Resident in Australia, or
  • Have a house or business in Australia, or
  • Be carrying on business in Australia.

If your circumstances are not straightforward, I would suggest the smart move is to email the Australian government’s bankruptcy service ( with details about your situation and ask. Once you know, call 1300 794 492 or email and we’ll get the ball rolling.

From my experience, you have to be able to establish your connection with Australia. If you have trouble establishing that connection, I would suggest we still get your paperwork started. We can lodge it once you are back in the country if that is what AFSA requires.

Once bankrupt, if you have to head overseas again after bankruptcy, ask your Trustee for permission to travel. I suggest you allow at least two weeks for the permission process.

If you have any questions please give us a call on 1300 794 492 or email

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