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What is a Bankruptcy Trustee?

Bankruptcy Trustee

Alan Nicholls – Registered Bankruptcy Trustee

A bankruptcy trustee is a person who is qualified and registered with the Australian Financial Security Authority (AFSA) to administer personal bankruptcies. Every person who becomes bankrupt will have a trustee to administer their bankruptcy.

What is the Role of a Trustee?

Your trustee stands between you and the creditors included in your bankruptcy. This means that you will not have to deal with your creditors after your bankruptcy begins, instead, your trustee will deal with your creditors. Another important role of the trustee is to ensure that you are complying with the bankruptcy legislation.

If you need to travel overseas, it is your trustee that will provide permission for you to travel. It is an offense to travel overseas without your trustee’s permission.

If you are wanting to retain the use of an unprotected asset, like your home or car during bankruptcy it is your trustee who will be able to assist you. If you are a high-income earner your trustee is the person to talk to about changes to your income that may affect your income contributions. Your trustee is your go-to person in relation to any questions you have about your bankruptcy.

Requests for Information

From time to time your trustee will ask you to provide information. It is important that you co-operate with your trustee’s requests for information. Your trustee has wide-ranging powers. Failure to comply with your trustee’s requests can lead to the extension of your bankruptcy, which is something neither you nor your trustee will want to happen.

Bound by Legislation

While each trustee will have their own personal approach to administering your bankruptcy, all trustees are bound by the Bankruptcy Act, 1966. This means that your trustee has guidelines that they must follow in the administration of your bankruptcy. Your trustee has obligations not only to you but also to your creditors. You can think of your trustee as the umpire who ensures that everyone plays by the rules.

More Information

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Alan Nicholls - Registered Trustee

Alan Nicholls’ no obligation help desk

Nicholls & Co provide a free, no obligation ‘help desk’ for people considering bankruptcy – we discuss and explain bankruptcy and answer questions for anyone who is considering bankruptcy. The Nicholls & Co help desk can be accessed by phone  
1300 060 122  or . Alan Nicholls, Registered Trustee in Bankruptcy is also available to answer your questions to enable you to decide if bankruptcy is right for you.