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.