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2019 newsletters

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Vol 17, Issue 4

  • Registered Trustee Information Forum 2019
  • When is a trustee’s work done? A registered trustee’s perspective
  • What does good culture look like? Join the discussion
  • Giving evidence in court—advice for trustees
  • Personal insolvency—what happens next for consumer debtors?
  • Varying debt agreements—debtor rights and registered debt agreement administrator responsibilities
  • Changes to ATO Business Portal access—a message from the ATO
  • Recent court decision
  • New feature: Q&A—your questions answered
  • Recent prosecutions

Vol 17, Issue 3

  • Melbourne Law School personal insolvency research concludes
  • Debt agreement administrator’s duty to report offences—a practical guide
  • Practitioner engagement in AFSA Enforcement investigations
  • Revised statement of affairs
  • Final release of online forms for practitioners
  • Insurance and other requirements under the recent debt agreement law reform
  • My bankrupt won’t file—section 54 or section 77CA?
  • Official Receiver notices under section 77AA of the Bankruptcy Act
  • Realisations charge in estates with a surplus
  • Recent court decisions

Vol 17, Issue 2

  • ‘Annual estate returns’ become ‘annual administration returns’
  • Drawing remuneration before petitioning creditor’s costs are taxed
  • Administering income contribution assessments
  • New Zealand Insolvency and Trustee Service update
  • ATO update—indemnities for insolvency practitioners
  • Protecting trust accounts against cyber fraud
  • Annual administration statistics for 2017–18 now available
  • Recent court decisions
  • Recent prosecutions

Vol 17, Issue 1

  • Debt agreement reforms approaching
  • Insolvency Mental Health Awareness Program launched for insolvency professionals
  • Online forms are coming for practitioners!
  • Annual estate return dates for lodgement and payment for 2018–19
  • AFSA’s Regulator Performance Framework self-assessment now available
  • Referring offences for debt agreements
  • Efficiently declaring dividends in bankrupt estates
  • The importance of contemporaneous notes
  • Obtaining records from a bankrupt using a subsection 6A(3) notice
  • Personal Insolvency Professionals Accreditation Program at Bond University
  • Foiling the phoenix—the cost of illegal phoenix activity
  • Decision case notes
  • Recent prosecutions

2018 newsletters

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Vol 16, Issue 4

  • Objection to discharge practice direction now published
  • Varying and terminating debt agreements—debtor rights and RDAA responsibilities
  • New Australian Financial Complaints Authority launched
  • The usefulness of service documents
  • Decision case notes
  • Income contribution assessments under section 139Y of the Bankruptcy Act
  • AFSA intervenes in composition proposal
  • Australian Taxation Office update
  • Recent prosecutions

Vol 16, Issue 3

  • Bankruptcy Amendment (Debt Agreement Reform) Bill 2018
  • What's AFSA's compliance focus for 2018–19?
  • Help us shape our services—launching the AFSAsandpit
  • Be aware of the untrustworthy advisor
  • Scheme gets Royal Assent
  • Australian Taxation Office update
  • Updated practice statement—referring offences for rash and hazardous gambling
  • Annulments under s153A: when tax returns are not up to date
  • Unpacking the AFSA Enforcement toolkit
  • Insights from AFSA's review of practitioner information requests
  • Recent decision case note
  • Recent prosecution outcomes

Vol 16, Issue 2

  • Introducing our new-look PIR newsletter
  • Objections to discharge—a commitment to quality decisions
  • It's that time of year again! 2017–18 AER
  • Trustees' entitlements for pre-appointment work
  • Untrustworthy advisors
  • AFSA releases new debt agreement practice statement
  • Prosecution sentencing—your questions answered
  • Accountants' duty to disclose non-compliance with laws and regulations
  • A worthwhile investigation tool for trustees
  • AFSA intervenes in RDAA set up fee overcharging
  • Are you completing 40 hours of continuing professional education each year?
  • The importance of independence
  • What's reasonable? It's reasonable if it isn't unreasonable!
  • Recent decisions
  • Fox Symes pays $37,800 for potentially misleading advertising
  • Disciplinary committee decides: Thomson to remain registered
  • Updated median industry rates for work transferred from OT
  • Recent prosecution outcomes

Vol 16, Issue 1

  • Reforms to personal insolvency procedures likely in 2018
  • Frequently asked questions about the Debt Agreement Reform Bill 2018
  • Choice of charge — revised CDPP guidelines for prosecuting a failure to file statement of affairs
  • Income contribution disputes: an alternative course to filing objections for non-payment
  • Spotlight on: remuneration reviews
  • Recent decisions
  • Australian Taxation Office updates
  • New Zealand Insolvency and Trustee Service update
  • Melbourne Law School research explores the practical impact of personal insolvency
  • Recent prosecutions

2017 newsletters

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Vol 15, Issue 4

  • Introduction
  • Engaging “Lead generating” firms and compliance with Inspector-General Practice Guideline (“IGPG 1”)
  • ATO Update: Building Confidence by Managing Risk
  • Creditors Meetings
  • Managing Business Portal access — ‘my credential holder with auto access’
  • Section 77A and Pre-Insolvency Advisors 
  • Dealings with vested real property and compliance requirements under sections 58(2) and 132(3) of the Bankruptcy Act 1966 (the Act)
  • Assignment of Property by a Trustee in Bankruptcy
  • Recent prosecutions
  • Recent decisions

Vol 15, Issue 3

  • Inspector-General's column
  • Joint and separate estates: accounting for remuneration
  • AFSA’s Insolvency Practitioner Compliance Programme 2017–18
  • The Personal Property Securities Register
  • AAT affirms decisions by the Inspector-General not to perform reviews of trustee decisions
  • ATO update: request for documents
  • When to seek approval for disbursements — ARITA’s view
  • New Zealand Insolvency and Trustee Service update
  • AFSA to use electoral roll to search for ORN recipient details
  • Recent prosecutions
  • Recent decisions

Vol 15, Issue 2

  • Inspector-General's column
  • ILRA update
  • ILRA: notice requirements
  • Official Trustee transfer notification period
  • New AFSA process for Official Receiver notices
  • 2016–17 annual estate return
  • AFSA Regulation introduces national operating model
  • AFSA, ASIC and ARITA release joint guide for people in business
  • AFSA releases new video podcast on debt agreement advertising
  • ATO update
  • Recent prosecution outcomes
  • Recent decisions

Vol 15, Issue 1

  • Inspector-General's column
  • Insolvency Practice Rules (Bankruptcy) 2016- key changes
  • ARITA personal insolvency law reform training
  • Official Receiver changes practice for s77CA notices
  • Trustees realising Strata Title property
  • Growing reliance on AFSA guidance
  • ATO update
  • Recent prosecutions
  • Recent decisions

2016 newsletters

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Vol 14, Issue 4

  • Inspector-General’s column
  • Engaging ‘lead generating’ firms
  • Certification duties of debt agreement administrators—full disclosure of liabilities by debtor
  • Debt agreement administrators’ duty to maintain a single interest-bearing account
  • The Insolvency Law Reform Act 2016
  • Regulatory Performance Framework update
  • ATO update
  • CDPP plea negotiation
  • CDPP witness fees and expenses
  • Trustees unsuccessful in grab for super payments
  • Bankruptcy and Family Law: the conflict of laws that just got so much more conflicted
  • Recent prosecutions
  • Recent decisions
  • ILRA comparative table 1 March 2017

Vol 14, Issue 3

  • Inspector-General’s column
  • Inspector-General practice documents re-released
  • Proactive monitoring of annulment and personal insolvency agreement proposals
  • AFSA reviews non-professional expenses charged by practitioners
  • AFSA review of independence and pre-insolvency advisers
  • AFSA rules on trustee’s remuneration
  • Is lodging a caveat a ‘claim’ by a trustee under section 127 of the Bankruptcy Act 1966 (Cth)?
  • Controlling trustee’s recommendation on a personal insolvency agreement proposal
  • Filing personal insolvency agreement proposals with the Official Receiver
  • Reminder to utilise AFSA’s publications to resolve administration queries
  • Pre-referral enquiry update
  • Outstanding statement of affairs?
  • Income contributions and grounds of objection
  • AFSA’s regulatory performance framework—an update
  • AFSA’s Insolvency practitioner compliance programme 2016-17
  • AFSA’s income contributions guidance video series
  • CENTSABLE—National website to assist women on low income
  • Australian Taxation Office (ATO) update
  • New Zealand Insolvency and Trustee Service update
  • Recent prosecutions
  • Recent decisions

Vol 14, Issue 2

  • Inspector-General's column
  • 2015–16 annual estate return process
  • Official Trustee practice statement on contributions
  • ATO update
  • AFSA’s regulatory performance framework
  • AFSA’s Insolvency practitioner compliance program 2016–17
  • AFSA’s Personal insolvency practitioner compliance report guidance video
  • Personal Insolvency Conference, Brisbane, September 2016
  • Bankruptcy and employment restrictions—the need for a new approach
  • Recent prosecutions
  • Recent decisions

April 2016

Vol 14, Issue 1

  • Inspector-General’s Column
  • Release of AFSA’s new ‘tip-off’ form
  • Enhancing AFSA’s service offering for Official Receiver notices
  • Transfer of bankrupt estates from the Official Trustee to registered trustees
  • Different treatment for certain secured creditors in bankruptcy compared to Part IX and Part X
  • Recent Prosecutions Outcomes
  • Recent Decisions
  • ATO Update
  • PIPA annual general meeting
  • The CDPP decision to prosecute

2015 newsletters

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December 2015

Vol 13, Issue 4

  • Inspector-General’s Column
  • Update on AFSA’s review of regulation – focus group sessions
  • 9th annual RDAA forum hosted in October 2015
  • ATO update
  • Insolvency law reform under the ILRB
  • Proposal to reduce bankruptcy period under the NIS
  • Government spring repeal day overview released
  • Stakeholders engagement with IG practice documents
  • Changes to insolvency regulation in the UK
  • Presentation by Prof David Burdette on ‘Regulation of Insolvency Practitioners’ at QUT
  • Recent Prosecutions Outcomes
  • AFSA video guidance for practitioners
  • Change in approach to inspection preparation 
  • Update on progress of AFSA’s PRE initiative
  • Practitioner independence 
  • Allowing tax deductions when deeming income of a bankrupt
  • Composition proposals – issues for consideration
  • The Bankruptcy Act and Corporations Act - Same objectives yet different outcomes?
  • CDPP Partner Agency Statistics 2014-15

October 2015

Vol 13, Issue 3

  • Inspector-General’s Column
  • AFSA’s Review of Regulation – focus groups
  • AFSA’s 2015-16 Regulator Performance Framework
  • RDAA Forum
  • NZITS Update
  • Recent Prosecutions Outcomes
  • Application of the definition of “dependant” in section 139K
  • Amendments to the Bankruptcy Act receive Royal Assent
  • Updated Official Receiver Notice templates
  • Tip-offs
  • Filing section 73 proposals with the Official Receiver
  • AFSA releases new pre referral enquiry (PRE) form
  • ATO update
  • Regulation and Enforcement

June 2015

Vol 13, Issue 2

  • Inspector-General’s Column
  • AFSA’s review of regulation – next steps
  • What the ATO considers when voting on debt agreements
  • Changing of PIPA’s guard – new Committee elections
  • Legal incapacity due to mental disability – issues arising in insolvency proceedings
  • The mental health of debtors
  • Recent Prosecutions Outcomes
  • Recent Decisions
  • eInspections
  • AFSA launches new alleged offences web page for practitioners
  • Trustees’ duty to inventory property – ignore at your peril!
  • Drawing remuneration before paying petitioning creditor costs
  • Should a trustee remove a fraudulent caveat lodged by a debtor before bankruptcy?
  • “Dependant” for income contribution purposes
  • Is a bankrupt’s money his/her own?
  • Can a bankruptcy notice be issued on a judgment more than 6 years old?

March 2015

Vol 13, Issue 1

  • Inspector-General’s Column
  • Update on AFSA’s internal review of Regulation practice and procedure 
  • To refer or not to refer? - that is the question! 
  • Targeted regulatory campaigns 
  • Regulatory trends 
  • Practice Statement presentation changes 
  • New Zealand Insolvency and Trustee Service update 
  • Recent Prosecutions Outcomes
  • Recent Decisions
  • Filing of sequestration orders with the Official Receiver
  • Reminder regarding fees for OR notice 
  • Service of section 77CA notices by the Official Receiver 
  • Efficiently dealing with annulments and surpluses to bankrupts 
  • ATO services are now easier to access
  • Don’t trust trusts – legislate – Claimed trust interests in freehold
  • Reporting by the Official Receiver on Debt Agreement Proposals
  • Change in Trustees – Books and Records 
  • Transfer of bankrupt estates from the Official Trustee to registered trustees

2014 newsletters

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December 2014

Vol 12, Issue 3

  • Inspector-General’s Column
  • AFSA’s 2014–15 Personal Insolvency Practitioner Compliance Program
  • Draft Regulator Performance Framework released by Office of Deregulation
  • Update on AFSA’s internal review of Regulation practice and procedure
  • Personal Insolvency Practitioners Compliance Report 2013-14 released
  • AFSA visits practitioners and financial counsellors in Tas, WA and SA
  • Final paper on the review of the Personal Property Securities Act released
  • AFSA’s 8th Annual RDAA Forum hosted in Brisbane on 9 October 2014
  • QUT Law Review Special on bankruptcy published recently following IAN
  • Introduction of the Civil Law and Justice Legislation Amendment Bill 2014
  • Insolvency Law Reform Bill 2014 released for stakeholder consultation
  • AFSA’s bi-lateral meeting with New Zealand Insolvency and Trustee Service
  • New Memorandum of Understanding between ASIC and AFSA released
  • Annual meeting held for International Association of Insolvency Regulators
  • CDPP Partner Agency Statistics 2013–14
  • Recent Prosecutions Outcomes
  • Recent Decisions
  • Update on the review of AFSA’s new national panel of registered trustees
  • Bankruptcy notices, the law, and technology
  • AFSA’s revised IGPS 13 on Professional Indemnity Insurance released
  • Review of exercise of IG discretion not to proceed with Infringement Notices
  • AFSA introduces new pre-referral enquiries (PRE) initiative for practitioners 
  • Reminder when completing full length alleged offence referral form
  • Reminder to practitioners on importance of effective communication

September 2014

Vol 12, Issue 2

  • Inspector-General’s Column
  • AFSA conducts internal review of its Regulation practice and procedure
  • Joint Major Creditor & Registered Debt Agreement Administrator forum
  • RDAAs invited to attend forum in Brisbane on 9 October 2014
  • ASIC’s Australian Financial Literacy Strategy 2014-17
  • New QUT Legal Research Centre investigates recovery from bankruptcy
  • A Self Representation Service for debtors launched by Justice Connect
  • Australia ranked 18th in resolving insolvency by 2014 World Bank report
  • Complete archive of Personal Insolvency Regulator issues now online
  • Regulation and Enforcement – Activity and Trends
  • Recent Prosecutions Outcomes
  • Recent Decisions
  • Practice Matters 
  • Revised IGPS 10 – Process for Handling
  • Complaints against Practitioners
  • Official Receiver practice change – attendance moneys under section 77C
  • Transfer of administrations from Official Trustee to registered trustees
  • Proper treatment of Realisations Charge and Strata Levies by trustees
  • Finalising personal insolvency administrations
  • Positive outcome from initial pilot of AFSA’s remote access e-Inspection
  • Giving notice to creditors on voting by proxy at s73 composition meetings
  • Trustee fails to claim former bankrupt’s property after more than 20 years
  • Are contingent debts included in assessing the debt threshold in a DAP?
  • Trustees using general disclaimers in their statutory reports to creditors
  • Bankruptcy and restraining/forfeiture orders under Proceeds of Crime

April 2014

Vol 12, Issue 1

  • Inspector-General’s Column
  • New Zealand Statistics and Trends
  • Recent Prosecutions Outcomes
  • AFSA pilots new ‘desktop inspection’ system in monitoring practitioners
  • Recent Decisions
  • Practice Matters
  • Guidance on payment of AFSA’s new debtor’s petition fee by trustees
  • RTs not entitled to impose a fee on bankrupts as a condition under s272(2)
  • Elements of an effective direction given to a debtor/bankrupt by trustees
  • Trustees cannot delegate the power to issue a s6A(3) and/or a s77A notice
  • Can undisclosed divisible property ever revest in discharged bankrupts?
  • Are BPay transaction fees deductable when calculating Interest Charge?
  • Does a Court-made restitution (or reparation) order survive bankruptcy?
  • RDAA duty to pay unclaimed dividends to Commonwealth under s254(2)
  • Does the statutory right of a bankrupt to contest a will vest in the estate?
  • ATO’s guidance for Insolvency Practitioners to request financial records
  • Effect of new Privacy amendments on reporting by credit bodies
  • AFSA’s strategic focus on trustee offence referrals - exercise and outcomes

2013 newsletters

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December 2013

Vol 11, Issue 3

  • Inspector-General’s Column 
  • Personal Insolvency News 
  • Recent Prosecutions Outcomes 
  • Recent Decisions 
  • Regulation and Enforcement –Activity and Trends
  • Prosecution discontinued after trustee failed to disclose receipt of bankrupt’s Statement of Affairs
  • Practice matters

October 2013

Vol 11, Issue 2

  • Inspector-General’s Column 
  • How do you like to receive information from us? 
  • Insolvency Practitioner Compliance Program 2013-14
  • Recent Prosecutions Outcomes 
  • Recent Decisions (Detailed)
  • Recent Decisions (Summary)
  • Dealing with nominal equity property - Trustee feedback on recent PIR article
  • Joint RDAA and Major Creditor Forum Minutes 
  • 8th RDAA Professional Development Day 
  • Outcome of Inaugural DAPA Annual Conference 
  • The Rivkin Story 
  • Practice Matters 
  • Voting with assigned debts on creditors’ resolutions without a meeting 
  • New Zealand Statistics and Trends 
  • Are Social Security advance payments provable debts? 
  • Can a sequestration order be made during the DAP processing period?

May 2013

Vol 11, Issue 1

  • Inspector-General’s Column 
  • Media Release - Insolvency practitioners lose registrations
  • Change to ITSA Website
  • New Practice Manager for Regulation and Enforcement
  • Recent Bankruptcy Prosecutions
  • Recent Bankruptcy Decisions
  • Regulation and Enforcement – Activity and Trends
  • Trustee’s Dealing with Nominal Equity Property
  • Trustee Information Sessions – Online Insolvency Services and IGPD 22 Effective Communication
  • DAA Advertising and Statements
  • Credit Reform Update
  • Cost Recovery Impact Statement
  • Form 7 Statement of Claim and Proxy Form
  • Objection to discharge from bankruptcy - filing requirements and limitations
  • New Zealand Statistics and Trends
  • Fair Entitlements Guarantee (FEG)
  • First DAPA National Conference 13 July 2013
  • The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia launches IMC

2012 newsletters

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December 2012

Vol 10, Issue 4

  • Inspector-General’s Column 
  • Personal Insolvency Regulator (PIR) newsletter’s 10th anniversary
  • Regulator oversees reduction in insolvency practitioner remuneration
  • ITSA’s Insolvency Compliance Strategy 2012-13
  • Your feedback about the Regulator – Client Opinion Survey 2012
  • Regulation and Enforcement - activity and trends
  • Positive outcomes from monitoring RDAA advertising
  • Insolvency developments around the world
  • Enforcement Media Releases
  • S139U – Bankrupt to provide evidence of income
  • New Zealand insolvency statistics and trends
  • Visitor from Japan – District Court Judge of Tokyo
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Liaison Contact Officer
  • Case Note summaries
  • Advertising Meetings of Creditors under Sections 73 and 188 of the Bankruptcy Act 1966
  • Form 8 – Proof of Debt updated
  • Online Service Tip – Certificates of Appointment
  • Statutory ‘garnishee’ notices issued by the Commissioner of Taxation
  • ITSA National Service Centre Update
  • Insolvency Practitioners Association news - consents to act
  • Financial Counselling Australia news
  • Debt Agreement Practitioners Association news
  • Funding of a trustee

July 2012


Vol 10, Issue 3

  • Inspector-General’s Column 
  • Inspector-General Practice Direction 22 – Effective Practitioner Communication
  • Inside the Enforcement Team
  • Regulation and Enforcement – Activity and Trends
  • Media Releases
  • Prompt referral of offences
  • What constitutes a direction by a trustee? ss265(1)(c) and 265(1)(e)
  • Personal Insolvency Agreements – Certificate Relating to Discharge of Obligations
  • Commonwealth Legal Services Reform commenced on 1st June 2012
  • Weeden v Rambaldi [2012] FCA 552
  • Coshott v Burke [2012] FCA 517
  • Superior IP International Pty Limited v Ahearn Fox Patent and Trade Marks Attorneys [2012] FCA 282
  • Update from DAPA – 2012/ 13 Membership renewal
  • Update from Financial Counselling Australia
  • Investigating Trusts in Bankruptcy Situations

May 2012


Vol 10, Issue 2

  • Inspector-General’s Column 
  • Registration of bankruptcy trustee Paul Pattison cancelled
  • Regulation and Enforcement Activity and Trends
  • ITSA Client Opinion Survey 2012
  • Inspector-General Practice Directions
  • Media Releases – Prosecutions
  • Update from ITSA’s National Service Centre
  • A trustee’s responsibilities with respect to ‘exempt property’
  • Insolvency in New Zealand no barrier to Sequestration order in Australia
  • Subsection 60(2) – Duckworth v Water Corporation
  • Links to some interesting cases involving disputes over property interests
  • Payments to ITSA by credit card linked to a rewards program
  • Update from Debt Agreement Practitioner’s Association
  • Update from Financial Counselling Australia
  • Advertising a priority for ASIC and ITSA

January 2012


Vol 10, Issue 1

  • Inspector-General’s Column 
  • Solvent estates and section 153A annulments – dealing with them efficiently
  • Regulatory and Enforcement Activity and Trends - Enforcement and Regulation
  • Media Releases – Prosecutions
  • Debt Agreement Practitioner‟s Association to expand membership
  • Bankrupts, exempt property and section 60(4)
  • The “anti-deprivation” rule and “flip” clauses
  • PIA terms must be calculated to benefit creditors generally
  • Estate bank accounts and section 169
  • Irrevocable authority a valid equitable charge
  • Assigning “bare” causes of action
  • Outcome of section 179 application
  • Commonwealth Legal Services procurement reforms
  • Major Creditor Forum – October 2011
  • Unclaimed dividends and subsection 254(2)
  • Income assessments when bankrupt paid in foreign currency