Debt Repayment Scheme
The Debt Repayment Scheme (DRS) is a pre-bankruptcy scheme administered by the Official Assignee (OA). When successfully placed on DRS, the debtor avoids bankruptcy, along with its restrictions and social stigma. The debtor has the opportunity to financially start anew after committing to the terms of the DRS and making payments to repay creditors after under a repayment plan over a period of not more than 5 years.
You cannot sign up or apply for the DRS. If the total debt amount does not exceed $150,000, after the debtor self-files or creditor files a bankruptcy application, the case will be referred to the OA for an assessment of the debtor’s eligibility and suitability for the DRS.
To be eligible, the debtor must fulfil all of the following criteria:
1. Total liabilities do not exceed $150,000;
2. Gainfully employed and earning a regular income;
3. Have not been a bankrupt or been on the DRS in the last 5 years;
4. Have not been subject to a court-based arrangement in the last 5 years; and
5. Not a sole-proprietor or partner in any firm.