Resources on insolvency for directors, practitioners, employees, creditors and investors

An insolvent company is one that is unable to pay its debts when they fall due for payment.

The three most common corporate insolvency procedures are voluntary administration, liquidation and receivership. The personal insolvency procedures that apply to a person, not a company, are bankruptcy and personal insolvency agreements. For more information on these personal insolvency procedures refer to the Australian Financial Security Authority (AFSA).

ASIC has a number of insolvency information sheets to assist you if you’re affected by a company’s insolvency and have little or no knowledge of what’s involved.

To track insolvency trends in Australia, ASIC publishes monthly statistics on both the number of companies entering external administration for the first time and the number of insolvency appointments recorded in that period.

You can search and browse insolvency and deregistration notices on the ASIC-sponsored published notices website.

More in this section

  • For directors  What to do if your company is in financial difficulty and your role during external administration.
  • For creditors  Your rights as a creditor when a company is in external administration.
  • For employees  What are your options if your employer is in financial trouble, your rights in external administration, Fair Entitlements Guarantee (FEG)/General Employee Entitlements and Redundancy Scheme (GEERS).
  • For investors  How does external administration affect you if you have invested in debentures or a managed investment scheme.
  • For shareholders How does external administration affect shareholders?
  • For liquidators  How to register as a liquidator. Your ongoing obligations, including reporting, how to lodge documents.

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ASIC regulation of registered liquidators: July 2018 to June 2019                  

This report summarises the work undertaken and outcomes achieved by ASIC in supervising registered liquidators in the period from 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019.

ASIC reports on corporate insolvencies 2018–19

ASIC has published its annual overview of corporate insolvencies for the 2018-19 financial year. 18 December 2019.

Report On Company Activities and Property (ROCAP)

After an extensive revision process and industry consultation conducted through an external consultant, ASIC has released the new ROCAP - Report On Company Activities and Property to replace the RATA. 


Industry funding

The Government has introduced new laws that change the way ASIC is funded. Regulated entities will receive an invoice for ASIC’s regulatory services delivered in the prior year. Find out what this means for registered liquidators.



Insolvency Law Reform Act 2016

Releases on insolvency

Liquidator registration applications

Registered liquidator disciplinary decisions

Insolvency statistics

AFSA - ARITA - ASIC joint liaison meetings


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Published notices

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ASIC and registered liquidators

Last updated: 20/10/2014 12:00