I worked on a contract last year for 3 months and didn't get paid. It was part time so not a huge amount of money, but I got sick after that contract and net result - no income for close to 6 months so this has hit me hard. I have positively geared properties so I have paid quite a bit of my own bills just from passive income this financial year. My grocery spend has dropped to < $50 a week from necessity and the stress has probably been a big contributor to me getting sick so badly for so long. How do other small business folks go with collecting debts? The other party is doing his best to ignore me completely. I have a court order to pay I got a few days ago I have forwarded to him, but just being court ordered to pay doesn't make someone open their wallet. This process is very poorly documented and seems to need a lawyer to negotiate. Any tips about how do you go about wrestling court-ordered money owing from another company? Are there any actual penalties to be afraid of from not paying such an order?