QLD New Zealand Debt Collectors Collecting Credit Card Debt in Australia?

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10 September 2015
Hi, I am an Australian citizen who lived in New Zealand for a while and owes money to a bank in New Zealand for a credit card debt. I am wanting to know if they can come across the ditch and claim this money off me through debt collectors or send a letter to my boss and get them to take money out of my pay?

From a very concerned solo parent


Hi there,

An agreement is in place between Australia and New Zealand which allow people in either country to:
  • commence court proceedings against a person in the other country;
  • require a person in the other country to give evidence; and
  • register and enforce a civil court judgment in the other country.

So yes it is possible, however whether or not they will track you down is another story.