Date posted: 11/12/2020 2 min read

Insolvency reforms in Australia - the small business restructuring plan

Reforms have been introduced to help financially distressed small businesses restructure

In Brief

  • In October, the Australian Government announced insolvency reforms
  • Reforms introduce the small business restructuring plan
  • Small businesses and their advisors are encouraged to know the early warning signs of financial distress

In October 2020, the Australian Government announced, as a part of its Jobmaker plan, reforms aimed at assisting small business to restructure when they are in financial distress, which has been particularly evident during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The reforms introduce the Small Business Restructuring plan (SBRP), which is designed to provide a simpler and more cost-effective alternative to the traditional Voluntary Administration (‘VA’) process. Under a VA process control is handed over to the Voluntary Administrator when they are appointed, however under the SBRP the small business directors remain in control of the day to day affairs of the business.

Bruce Gleeson FCA from Jones Partners and a member of CA ANZ’s Insolvency Management Committee has collaborated with CA ANZ to produce a summary of the insolvency reforms including the steps of the SBRP.

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