What is a bankruptcy

Bankruptcy is an insolvency procedure that applies to a person, not a company.

A person is bankrupt if they have been declared bankrupt under the terms of the Bankruptcy Act and have not been discharged from bankruptcy.

A personal insolvency agreement is an alternative to bankruptcy and for the purposes of the Bankruptcy Act, is where a person enters into an agreement with their creditors without being made bankrupt.

Under the Corporations Act if you are bankrupt or have entered into a personal insolvency agreement you are automatically disqualified from managing corporations and cease to be a director, alternate director or secretary of a company unless you have been given leave by the Court to manage corporations.

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Bankruptcy and Personal Insolvency Agreements



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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

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Liquidator registration applications

Registered liquidator disciplinary decisions

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Last updated: 23/03/2016 03:13