Business and non-business statistics

A breakdown of business and non-business personal insolvency statistics is published quarterly for bankrupts, debt agreement debtors and personal insolvency agreement debtors.

Download the data

This zip file contains the full set of business and non-business personal insolvency statistics we have published for the December quarter 2017. Associated commentary and charts are drawn exclusively from this data set. Individual links to all tables packaged in the file are provided on this page.

Break in series – September quarter 2017

From the September quarter 2017, geographic coding of personal insolvency statistics follows a new method. This change is a break in series for our statistical publications.

There is also a minor change in the reporting date used for personal insolvency agreements from that quarter.

For further information, see the Guide to business and non-business personal insolvency statistics.

Business related provisional personal insolvency activity
December quarter 2017

State / territory Number of bankrupts Number of debt agreement debtors Number of personal insolvency agreement debtors Total debtors
NSW 237 65 1 303
ACT 10 2 0 12
Vic 205 56 4 265
Qld 375 71 3 449
SA 71 10 2 83
NT 6 4 1 11
WA 156 41 5 202
Tas 20 3 0 23
Other 8 0 0 8
Total 1,088 252 16 1,356
Non-business related provisional personal insolvency activity
December quarter 2017
State / territory Number of bankrupts Number of debt agreement debtors Number of personal insolvency agreement debtors Total debtors
NSW 905 1,019 6 1,930
ACT 45 56 0 101
Vic 592 569 5 1,166
Qld 815 888 10 1,713
SA 207 157 6 370
NT 23 47 0 70
WA 336 431 6 773
Tas 100 75 1 176
Other 26 6 0 32
Total 3,049 3,248 34 6,331

Note 1: From the September quarter 2017, geographic coding of personal insolvency statistics follows a new method, and we have implemented a minor change in reporting personal insolvency agreements. Further details are available in the Guide to business and non-business personal insolvency statistics.

Note 2: All the above figures refer to personal administrations under the Bankruptcy Act only (and not corporate insolvency).

Note 3: A business related bankruptcy is defined as being one in which an individual's bankruptcy is directly related to his or her proprietary interest in a business.

Note 4: State/territory "Other" includes records where no address is stated or where the stated address is not in the Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS).

Graph: Proportion of debtors with a business related personal insolvency in Australia*

* From the September quarter 2017, geographic coding of personal insolvency statistics follows a new method.

Commentary

Read more about debtors with a business related personal insolvency in the December quarter 2017: Commentary.

Reports

Note: We report the business and non-business personal insolvency statistics based on the number of debtors, not the number of administrations.  We treat insolvency proceedings involving two or more partners as one administration. The business and non-business statistics will generally be higher than statistics based on administrations, the quarterly personal insolvency statistics.

Release schedule

We publish all statistics release dates in advance.

Further information

For further information about the statistics, see the Guide to business and non-business personal insolvency statistics.