Resources | Insolvency and COVID-19: Australia

If your business, practice or clients are in financial distress during this time, it is important to seek help early. View our updated resources to help you with insolvency.

Reasons why businesses go insolvent:

  • Loss of major customer
  • New competitor
  • Business growing too fast
  • Business outgrowing its founders’ know-how

Signs to look for with your business and your clients:

  • Time spent on financial crisis is more than time spent managing the business
  • Cashflow tightened
  • Forecast targets consistently missed
  • Accounts payable days stretching from 30 to 90 days plus
  • Superannuation and tax obligations sliding

Read more about these reasons and signs, and how you can help save companies from insolvency in the article below.

How to save companies from insolvency: 6 steps to a turnaround

When a business’s finances go pear-shaped, insolvency and restructuring experts can make a difference to its survival.

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Can CAs who aren’t registered liquidators help wind up solvent companies?

I’m a CA, not a registered liquidator – what insolvency related engagements can I perform?

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How to save companies from insolvency: 6 steps to a turnaround

When a business’s finances go pear-shaped, insolvency and restructuring experts can make a difference to its survival.

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Helping clients with companies in financial distress in Australia

This guidance outlines options available to your clients, and where to go for specific insolvency and turnaround advice.

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Acuity podcast

Hear from the experts as they tackle the big issues, from climate risk to insolvency, forensic accounting and more.

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Beware the zombie business apocalypse

Insolvency looms for an army of zombie businesses that have been kept running by government COVID stimulus packages.

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CA ANZ welcomes insolvency reform as small business lifeline

Following the Treasurer’s announcement today, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ) has welcomed the proposed insolvency reforms.

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The danger of CAs not knowing their limits

Moving into an area of practice that’s outside your usual remit has its pitfalls. Here’s what’s trapping some CAs.

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Significant insolvency changes to help Australian small business

The Australian Government has announced the most significant reforms to the insolvency framework in more than 30 years.

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Know the early warning signs of a business in trouble

Early identification of warning signs can give businesses the best chances of survival.

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Q&A: Client in insolvency

This Q&A answers: What client information am I required to give to an insolvency practitioner in Australia?

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Q&A: Client in bankruptcy

This Q&A answers: What client information am I required to give to a trustee in bankruptcy in Australia?

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Navigating and making decisions during COVID-19: Decision tree

CA ANZ has designed a decision tree tool for our members in New Zealand and Australia aimed to help business make decisions in a COVID-19 world.

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'Tips on managing clients effectively through COVID & beyond' webinar

View a recording of the webinar on our COVID-19 Sharing Knowledge Webinar Sessions page.

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'Businesses in distress: strategies and options' webinar

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Continuing professional development - Webinar: Insolvency update and COVID-19

Keep up to date with insolvency developments impacting Australian SMEs and businesses in this 1-hour introduction webinar.

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Is this business ready for relaunch?

Some COVID support measures may end in a few months, but should you wait until then to call time on a borderline business?

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Australian Institute of Company Directors - Insolvency Preparedness: The shifting eye of the storm

This webinar will provide suggested strategies around the courses of action available to directors dealing with the prospect of insolvency in their own company or within their supply chain or customer networks.

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Australian Institute of Company Directors - Insolvency fears front of mind for organisations during COVID-19

An article that discusses why boards should be alert to changing financial risks.

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Australian Bankruptcy Act 1966 with regulations and rules (CCH Australia, 2019) ebook

Available at CA Library, this eBook details the Bankruptcy Act, Insolvency Practice Rules (Bankruptcy), Transitional provisions - Insolvency Law Reform Act 2016, Bankruptcy Regulations, Bankruptcy Guidelines, Federal Court (Bankruptcy) Rules 2016, Federal Circuit Court (Bankruptcy) Rules 2016 and Related legislation.

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The soft side of insolvency with Joshua Robb

Peter Rupp FCA, President of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, speaks to Joshua Robb CA, Associate Director at specialist accounting and expert advisory firm SV Partners, on the Gen CA podcast.

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