FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Skip Tracing?

Skip Tracing is the process of locating a person who has “skipped town” or in more basic terms, they have moved from their previous address and not advised of their new one.

Who is Skip Tracing for?

Skip Tracing is for anyone looking to lawfully locate a person for a legitimate reason. That person may be:

  • A Debtor to you or your company
  • Someone who owns a vehicle that is due for repossession
  • A Respondent you, your company or your solicitors need to serve a document to
  • An old friend or estranged family member
  • A Beneficiary of a Deceased Estate or Will

Is Skip Tracing Legal in Australia?

Yes, Skip Tracing is legal in Australia, however, a professional skip tracer will use tools and databases that can only be accessed by licensed Private Investigators. At Skip Tracing Australia, we are a team of qualified and licensed Private Investigators and Field Agents with years of experience in the Legal and Collections industries. What makes us different is that Skip Tracing and Online Investigations are our craft, we do this all day, every day and are always updating our knowledge and keeping in line with current legislation.

Can anyone just search for anyone?

No. When you request us to work on a matter for you we will ask you for the purpose of the locate or investigation. We may also ask you to provide a photograph ID and or supporting documents. We cannot morally, legally or ethically search for someone who has previously or currently held a DVO on you unless in circumstances of a legal matter (i.e. a Family Court matter) where a qualified Solicitor/Lawyer requests this on your behalf for the purpose of serving documents and must provide supporting evidence. We reserve the right to decline any request that doesn’t align with our business ethos. We are here to provide a professional service to assist our community, and not to put individuals at risk. 

What are the chances of finding my subject?

This really depends on the circumstances and the reason for needing a Skip Tracer. If you are just looking to track down an old friend, the chances are very good. If you are looking for someone who is on the run from multiple creditors or actively avoiding being served, the chances are lower, but not impossible. If you are the only creditor looking for someone who’s just moved house and not updated their address, the chances are very good. If we can’t locate your debtor we usually recommend you re-open the file in 3 to 6 months to allow time for new data to come through the channels.

How long does it take?

We always aim to find your subject as soon as possible, however, you should allow between 7 and 10 business days for this to happen. In some circumstances, we will hold onto your file for up to 28 days, keeping you posted along the way. If you need an urgent locate, we can offer you a same day service for an additional fee. Please contact us on 1300 983 324 to discuss.

Will I be charged if you don’t find my subject?

We will charge you a reduced “No Find” fee if we don’t locate your subject.

How much does it cost?

We have multiple options available depending on your investigation needs. For a standard Skip Trace, we charge between $330.00 and $440.00 (Inclusive of GST). There may be additional fees if specialist reports like a Property Title Search or a Directorship search are required to locate your subject. Click here to see Our Services.

If you are a Law Firm or Collections Agency we can offer you discounted rates for multiple files, just give us a call to find out more.

Let us know how we can help you.

Tell us a bit about your situation, who you’re looking for and why you need to find them. We’ll be in touch as soon as we get your message.

Or, you can always pick up the phone and call if you’d prefer not to wait.

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