Employment restrictions

Links to more information about trades or professions where work, job and employment restrictions may apply.

The Bankruptcy Act 1966 does not impose any restrictions on employment in any trades or professions.

Particular industry associations or licensing authorities may impose certain restrictions or conditions should a member or licensee become bankrupt or enter into an arrangement under the Bankruptcy Act. Generally state governments administer legislation that govern eligibility for particular trades (eg builders, plumbers, second hand dealers, etc) while national or state based professional associations and/or statutory boards set the eligibility requirements for particular professions (eg accountants, lawyers, barristers, tax agents, etc).

The information below is provided to alert you to possible conditions/restrictions on continuing with particular trades or professions. If your trade or profession is listed below it does not necessarily mean that you can no longer work in that trade or profession. You need to contact the relevant government agency or professional association to determine how bankruptcy or an arrangement under the Bankruptcy Act may affect your trade licence or membership in a professional association. It should be noted that this is not a comprehensive listing of all trades and professions. If your trade or profession is not listed below you should contact the relevant licensing authority or association and make further enquiries.

Profession / Trade Location Organisation for further information
Accountant - CA All states

Institute of Chartered Accountants
* Potential impact on membership eligibility. Please contact ICAA

Accountant - CPA All states

CPA Australia
* Potential impact on membership eligibility. Please contact CPA Australia

Accountant - NIA All states

National Institute of Accountants
* Potential impact on membership eligibility. Please contact NIA

Builders' licence ACT Planning ACT
NSW NSW Business Licence Information Service (BLIS)
NT Northern Territory Building Practitioners Board
QLD Queensland Building and Construction Commission
SA Consumer and Business Services
TAS Workplace Standards Tasmania
VIC Victorian Building Commission
WA Department of Commerce
Company director or manager All states

ASIC

*An undischarged bankrupt or a person subject to a Personal Insolvency Agreement cannot be involved in the management of a company unless authorised by the Court.

Business in bankruptcy All state Australian Financial Security Authority
Councillors All states Contact your local government office
Defence force All states Department of Defence
Electrician licence ACT Access Canberra
NSW Australian Business Licence information Service
NT Electrical Workers and Contractors Licensing Board
QLD Department of Justice and Attorney General
SA Consumer and Business Services
TAS Work safe Tasmania
VIC Energy Safe Victoria
WA Department of Commerce
Escort agencies ACT Access Canberra
NT Department of Business
QLD Prostitution Licensing Authority
VIC Consumer Affairs Victoria
Finance brokers & Security Dealers All states

ASIC

* Finance broking in certain States/Territories may also be regulated under respective state legislation

Gaming room employees ACT ACT Gambling and Racing Commission
NSW Australian Business Licence and Information Service
NT Department of Business
QLD Business Queensland
SA Consumer and Business Services
TAS Department of Treasury and Finance
VIC Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation
WA Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor
Gas fitter licence ACT Access Canberra
NSW Australian Business Licence and Information Service
NT Department of Business
QLD Queensland Building and Construction Commission
SA Consumer and Business Services
TAS Work safe Tasmania
VIC Victorian Building Authority
WA Department of Commerce
Investigator licence ACT Access Canberra
NSW Australian Business Licence and Information Service
NT Department of Business
QLD Queensland Government
SA Consumer and Business Services
TAS business.tas.gov.au
VIC Victorian Police
WA Department of Commerce
Justice of the Peace ACT Access Canberra
NSW NSW Justices of the Peace (JP) Register
NT Department of the Attorney-General and Justice
QLD Queensland Government
SA Attorney-General's Department
TAS Department of Justice Tasmania
VIC Department of Justice & Regulation
WA Court & Tribunal Services
Liquor licence ACT Access Canberra
NSW Australian Business Licence and Information Service
NT Department of Business
QLD Queensland Government
SA Consumer and Business Services
TAS business.tas.gov.au
VIC Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation
WA Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor
Member of parliament All states Australian Electoral Commission
Police All states State & Territory Police Services
Plumber licence ACT Access Canberra
NSW Australian Business Licence and Information Service
NT Plumbers and Drainers Licensing Board
QLD

Department of Housing and Public Works

SA Consumer and Business Services
TAS Work safe Tasmania
VIC Victorian Building Authority
WA Department of Commerce
Real estate licence ACT Access Canberra
NSW Australian Business Licence and Information Service
NT Northern Territory Government
QLD Queensland Government
SA Consumer and Business Services
TAS business.tas.gov.au
VIC Consumer Affairs Victoria
WA Department of Commerce
Second hand dealers and pawnbrokers ACT Access Canberra
NSW Australian Business Licence and Information Service
NT Department of Business
QLD Queensland Government
SA South Australian Police
TAS business.tas.gov.au
VIC Consumer Affairs Victoria
WA Department of Commerce
Second hand vehicle dealer licence ACT Access Canberra
NSW Australian Business Licence and Information Service
NT Department of Business
QLD Queensland Government
SA Consumer and Business Services
TAS business.tas.gov.au
VIC Consumer Affairs Victoria
WA Department of Commerce
Security licence ACT Access Canberra
NSW Australian Business Licence and Information Service
NT Department of Business
QLD Queensland Government
SA Consumer and Business Services
TAS business.tas.gov.au
VIC Victoria Police
WA Department of Commerce
Solicitors ACT ACT Law Society
NSW The Law Society of New South Wales
NT Law Society Northern Territory
QLD Queensland Law Society
SA Law Society of South Australia
TAS The Law Society of Tasmania
WA Legal Practice Board of WA
Superfund trustee All states
*May be disqualified from continuing to be the trustee of the fund Sec 120 of Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993
Tax agent All states Tax Practitioners Board
Travel agent licence ACT Access Canberra
NSW Australian Business Licence and Information Service
NT Department of Business
QLD Business Queensland
SA Consumer and Business Services
TAS business.tas.gov.au
VIC Consumer Affairs Victoria
WA Department of Commerce