The Australian Insolvency Regime Revisited: A Precis of the Next Leap Forward
INSOL International Insolvancy Review, Vol. 15, pp. 129-145, 2006
17 Pages Posted: 8 Apr 2011
Date Written: 2006
Australian corporate insolvency laws contained within Chapter 5 of the Corporations Act are currently being reviewed with respect to four principal areas identified by Australian Government Treasury. The four themes of review include employee 'benefit' enhancements; seeking to deter misconduct of company officers; rules around insolvency practitioner disclosure with respect to their remuneration and related independence issues; and some minor proposed changes to the voluntary administration procedure, widely regarded as requiring only minor adjustment. Presently, the draft legislation is not available for general release and is being discussed within the Australian Government appointed Insolvency Law Advisory Group.The next steps are public comment for review of draft legislation and then operation of the legislative change.These are expected to occur in 2007. This paper seeks to outline the likely issues associated with the expected reforms of the Australian insolvency regime.
Keywords: insolvency, corporate insolvency, bankruptcy, corporations act, Australian government treasury
JEL Classification: K22, K29
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