Bankruptcy & insolvency

If you can't pay your business debts, and haven't been able to reach an agreement with your creditors, then you may decide to go bankrupt.

The Insolvency and Trustee Service Australia (ITSA) is the government body responsible for the administration and regulation of the personal insolvency system in Australia.

Before you become bankrupt, you must read ITSA's Personal Insolvency Information for Debtors (PDF, 0.10MB), which gives you details of alternatives to bankruptcy and the obligations and consequences of bankruptcy.

To apply to become bankrupt you need to lodge these documents with ITSA:

What to do...

  • Go to the ITSA website for:
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