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Garnishee Order for Wages or Salary - Step by step guide ​

Step-by-step guide icon Getting a Garnishee 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 can get copies of forms from:

Alert IconThe Notice of Motion has an Affidavit attached.

Step 2: Fill out a​​nd sign the Notice of Motion

You can fill out the form in neat handwriting in blue or black pen. You can also fill it out on your computer screen. The Guide Completing Approved Forms has instructions on how to do this.

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 judgment debtor
  • the name of the proposed garnishee (the judgment debtor'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
  • 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.

For more information see Instructions for filling out a Notice of Motion - Garnishee Order and Sample Notice of Motion - Garnishee Order Wages or Salary.

When you have finished filling out the form you need to sign the affidavit section in front of an approved witness: solicitor, barrister or Justice of the Peace.

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The Affidavit must be signed no more than 14 days before the date you file the Notice of Motion.

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​The Affidavit must be signed and witnessed on each page.

Step 3: Fill ​out Garnishee Order for Wages or Salary

You can fill out the form on your computer screen. The Guide Completing Approved Forms has instructions on how to do this. You can also fill it out in neat handwriting in blue or black pen.

To fill out the Garnishee Order 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 judgment debtor
  • the name and address of the employer
  • the total amount of the judgment
  • your contact details including address, telephone, fax and email.

For more information, see Instructions for filling out a Garnishee Order for Wages or Salary.

To look at a completed form see Sample Garnishee Order for Wages or Salary.

Step 4: ​File the forms at court

The next step is to take or send the Notice of Motion and the Garnishee Order for Wages or Salary forms to the Local Court where the Statement of Claim was filed.

You should file an original and two extra copies of the Notice of Motion and the Garnishee Order for Wages or Salary.

There is no filing fee.

Step 5: Serve the Garnishee Order on the garnishee

When the court makes the Garnishee Order, you then send or take a sealed (stamped) copy of the Garnishee Order to the judgment debtor's employer. You do not have to give a copy to the judgment debtor.

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Often the judgment debtor is not aware of the Garnishee Order, until the money has been taken out of their wage. This often leads to the judgment debtor applying 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 judgment debtor's wage.

For more information see Garnishee Orders - Frequently Asked Questions.