What is Voluntary Liquidation?

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Under the Corporations Act, a company that is insolvent may be wound up in a number of ways.  The most common types of liquidation are:  A Court Liquidation Where an aggrieved creditor applies for a Court Order to have a compulsory liquidation imposed. The creditor … Read More

How is Insolvency Calculated


When a company is experiencing financial difficulties and is later placed into liquidation, the appointed liquidator must undertake a detailed forensic investigation into the affairs of the Company and the conduct of its officers to explain the reasons for the Company’s failure. This will include … Read More

Combating Illegal Phoenixing – by Personal Liability for GST

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Reference: https://australianinsolvencylaw.com/2019/07/22/the-combatting-illegal-phoenixing-bill-2019/ — The Treasury Laws Amendment (Combating Illegal Phoenixing) Bill 2019 was reintroduced into Federal Parliament on 4 July 2019. According to the Explanatory Memorandum, the intended laws will: introduce new phoenixing offences that; a) prohibit creditor-defeating dispositions of company property, b) penalise those who … Read More

What happens when you liquidate a company

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A liquidator is appointed, generally because it can’t pay its debts. At the time of appointment, the liquidator  becomes the proper officer of the company. At the same time, the company directors powers are immediately suspended. The powers of the liquidator are laid out in Section 477 … Read More

Accessory Liability

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Both the Corporations Act and the Fair Work Act provide for accessory liability. Section 79 of the Corporations Act states: Section 79 Involvement in contraventions A person is involved in a contravention if, and only if, the person: has aided, abetted, counselled or procured the contravention; or has induced, whether by threats … Read More

ASIC 2017/2018 Report on Insolvencies Just Released

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ASIC has just released its Report on Insolvencies for 2017/2018. 84% of insolvencies involve small companies with: 20 or fewer employees Assets of $100,000 or less 39% with liabilities less than $250,000 61% with liabilities greater than $250,000 97% of all small company liquidations result … Read More