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​Garnishee order for wages or salary

AlertYou need a judgment from the court before you can apply for a garnishee order for wages or salary.

A garnishee order for wages or salary is a court order that allows you to recover the judgment debt from the other party's wages. The other party's employer will be required to pay some of the other party's pay (their wages or salary) to you until the debt is paid off. To get a garnishee order for wages or salary, follow the steps in the guide on this page.

Icon: Page with numbered listGarnishee order for wages or salary - Step by step guide​​​​​ ​

Step 1: Get the forms 

You need two forms: 

  • ​Form 69 - Notice of motion garnishee order. 
  • Form 71 - Garnishee order for wages or salary. You do not need this form if you are filing your application on the NSW Online Registry.

You can get a copy of the form from: 

The notice of motion has an affidavit attached.

You can file Form 69 using the NSW Online Registry.

​Step 2: Fill out the forms 

You can fill out your form:

  • ​​​by completing it on your computer
  • by printing the form and completing it in blue or black pen.

To fill out the notice of motion form you will need to have the following information ready: 

  • ​​Your case number. You will find this on your stamped copy of the statement of claim. 
  • The date of the judgment. 
  • The name of the other party. 
  • The name of the proposed garnishee (the other party's employer). 
  • The total amount of the judgment.
  • The employer's address. 
  • The total amount of enforcement costs you have paid since the judgment was made by the court. 
  • The amount of interest owed on the judgment debt since the day after the judgment was made by the court to the date you sign the affidavit, if you want to claim interest after judgment. 
  • The service fee for the garnishee order only if you intend to pay a process server or the sheriff to serve the garnishee order. 
  • Details of any earlier instalment order.

When you have finished filling out the notice of motion you need to sign the affidavit section in front of an approved witness such as solicitor, barrister or Justice of the Peace (JP).

The affidavit must be signed and witnessed on each page no more than 14 days before the date you file the notice of motion.

Instructions: ​Instructions for filling out the notice of motion - garnishee order.
Sample: ​Sample notice of motion - garnishee order for wages or salary

To fill out the garnishee order form you will need to have the following information ready:

  • ​​​Your case number. 
  • The date of the judgment. 
  • The name of the other party. 
  • The name and address of the employer.
  • The total amount of the judgment.
  • Your contact details including address, telephone, fax and email. 

Instructions: Instructions for filling out the garnishee order for wages or salary
Sample: ​Sample garnishee order for wages or salary

Step 3: File the forms

You can file the form on the NSW Online Registry​ or the Local Court registry. 

If you are filing the forms at the Local Court, you can take or send both forms to the Local Court where the statement of claim was filed. 

You should file an original and two extra copies of the forms. There is no filing fee. 

Step 4: Serve the garnishee order

Send or take a sealed (stamped) copy of the garnishee order to the other party's employer. You do not have to give a copy to the other party.

Step 5: Wages or salary garnished

The employer will take money out of the other party's wages until the debt is paid.

The other party must be left with a minimum amount of money to live on, currently $494.30 per week (as at 1 October 2017). The amount left for the other party is based on a weekly compensation amount adjusted in April and October each year. You can check the current amo​unt on the Local Court website.

Before paying you, the garnishee is allowed to deduct up to $13.00 for administration expenses. This doesn't come out of the money owed to you. 

Often the other party is not aware of the garnishee order until the money has been taken out of their wage. The other party may apply to the court to pay by instalments. If the instalment application is approved by the court, the order becomes an instalment garnishee order and the employer can only take out the instalment amount from the other party's wage.  

For more information, see Being paid in instalments.​