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​Paying by instalments

If you cannot afford to pay the judgment debt in one lump sum, you can ask the other party if they​ will accept smaller payments in instalments. If they do not agree, you​ can make an application to the court to pay by instalments. If you wish to do this, follow the steps in the guide on this page. 

Icon: Page with numbered listPayment by instalments - Step by step guide​​​ 

​​Step 1: Get the form

You will need one form: 

  • ​Form 46 - Notice of motion to pay by instalments – individual, or
  • Form 47 - Notice of motion to pay by instalments - corporation (if the judgment debt is against your company).

You can get copies of the forms from:

You can also complete and file this form online using the NSW Online Registry​.

Step 2: Collect the information you need

You will need the following information to fill out the form: 

  • ​The case number, the other party's name and address for service. You will find this information on the statement of claim. If you do not have a copy of the statement of claim, contact the Local Court on 1300 679 272 to get this information.
  • Information about your income, including wages and Centrelink payments.
  • Information about all your assets, including money in the bank, your home, and car(s), any holiday or, investment properties, other investments such as shares, boats, and caravans.
  • Information about your expenses, including rent or mortgage payments, food, household expenses, car and other transport expenses, insurance, childcare and other expenses for children.
  • Information about your debts and repayments.
  • What instalments you will offer to pay. 

You should carefully review your income and expenses when deciding how much to offer to pay. 

The registrar will look closely at all your financial information to see whether you can realistically afford to pay the offered instalments. The registrar will also consider whether you can afford to pay more than you have offered, and whether your payments will be high enough to pay off the judgment debt and interest within a reasonable time. 

You can get help working out what instalments you can afford from a financial counsellor. To find a free financial counsellor, go to the Financial Counsellors' Association of NSW (FCAN)​ website.  

Step 3: Fill out the form

You can fill out the form in neat handwriting in blue or black pen. You can also fill out the form on your computer screen. For instructions on how to do this, go to the 'Guide to completing approved forms' on the UCPR website. 

​When you have finished filling out the form you need to sign the affidavit section of the Notice of Motion in front of an approved witness. Approved witnesses include a: 

  • ​​justice of the peace
  • solicitor
  • barrister. 

Instructions: Instructions for filling out a notice of motion to pay by instalments – individual
Sample: Sample notice of motion to pay by instalments – individual​

Step 4: File the form ​​

You must take or send the form to the Local Court. There is no filing fee. 

A registrar will consider your application to pay by instalments and decide whether to accept or refuse it. The court will send you a letter notifying you of the decision. 

Step 5: Go to the objection hearing, if there is one 

If your instalment application is accepted, the court will notify the other party. If the other party disagrees with the court's decision they have 14 days to file an objection at the court. 

If the other party files an objection, the court will hold a brief hearing about your instalment application. You will be notified of the date of this hearing. 

If the other party does not file an objection, the instalment order made by the registrar will be in force. As long as you pay the instalments on time, the other party cannot take any other enforcement action against you. 

If the registrar refuses your instalment application, you have 14 days to file an objection to the refusal. If you file an objection the court will hold a brief hearing about your instalment application. You will be notified of the date of this hearing. 

Instructions: Instructions for filling out a notice of motion – objection to order refusing instalment application.
Sample: Sample notice of motion – objecti​on to order refusing instalment application.