Understanding the experience of default judgment debtors

General Grant
2011/2012
$33,523 (exc GST)
Grant number: 
G12-038

About the project

This grant was awarded to fund research into the experiences of people with default judgments awarded against them for debt-related problems.

Outcome of the project

The research culminated in a report, Like juggling 27 chainsaws: understanding the experience of default judgment debtors in Victoria, which found that the debt-recovery process is difficult for debtors to navigate and compounds experience of stress and anxiety. Most judgment debtors do not seek assistance or advice until late in the debt-recovery process.

Key recommendations from the report included improved referral pathways for people experiencing disadvantage, improved community awareness of consumer rights and the promotion of debt-waiver processes for debtors on very low incomes.

Read the report.

This page was last updated on February 09, 2016