As many may have heard over the past 24 hours, the federal government will essentially be placing a moratorium on insolvent trading laws in a bid to help eligible businesses manage the economic challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Morrison government will increase the threshold at which a creditor can issue a statutory demand (for corporate debts) from the current minimum of $2,000 to $20,000.

For bankruptcy (personal) matters, the debt required for creditors to issue proceedings will rise from $5,000 to $20,000.

Both changes will last for 6 months.

Furthermore, companies served with statutory demands will now have 6 months to respond to them, rather than 21 days.

Company directors will also obtain relief from personal liability if their company is trading whilst insolvent.

For a more thorough outline of these changes, please click here to view the fact sheet provided by the federal government.

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Francine Clancy, Senior Associate