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Sweeping Reforms to Business Insolvency Laws Announced Today

by | Sep 25, 2020 | 0 comments

Major Reform of Australian Insolvency Laws announced today: What does this mean for Your Business?

The Morrison Government has today announced the most sweeping changes to Australian Insolvency Law in over 30 years.

In anticipation of a significant increase in the number of small businesses being put into external administration following the end or temporary measures extended until 31st December, the Australian Government has today announced major changes to come into effect 1st January 2020.

What are the changes?

The reforms will allow businesses with liabilities of less than $1 million to restructure their debt, similar to the Chapter 11 bankruptcy model in the United States.

The previous “creditor in possession” model will be replaced with the “debtor in possession” model, where businesses can restructure their debts without giving up control to appointed administrators.

Click here to read the Aust Govt. Fact Sheet released today.

What does your business need to consider in light of these changes?

Credit risk management is important in good times, in slow and uncertain times with less protection it is even more critical for businesses.

Businesses need to consider:

  • How can you jump the queue for payment with customers you are worried maybe insolvent?
  • Should you immediately stop extending credit to customers who may be insolvent?
  • Should you be running credit checks on ALL customers (good, bad, old) – every time you extend credit in these extraordinary times?
  • What measures do you have in place to best protect your business?

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