Introduction to Insolvency Program

ARITA's Introduction to Insolvency Program is the benchmark entry-level education on which the insolvency profession has based itself since 2002.

Developed and presented by expert insolvency practitioners with extensive hands-on experience in insolvency, ARITA delivers the Introduction to Insolvency Program in a live and interactive learning environment.

The Introduction to Insolvency Program provides individuals entering or returning to the insolvency profession with an understanding of the fundamentals of corporate insolvency and an introduction to personal insolvency. With a strong focus on the practical issues insolvency practitioners will encounter on the job, the Introduction to Insolvency Program is an essential foundation for understanding the practice of formal insolvency and beginning a career as an insolvency practitioner.

Find out more about the Introduction to Insolvency Program

Upcoming courses

ARITA's Introduction to Insolvency Program is delivered face-to-face over two days, with seven hours of tuition each day or online over four days, with four hours of commitment each day. Before attending an Introduction to Insolvency Program, students must complete pre-course reading and an online quiz.

Note: the ARITA student subscription is a pre-requisite and enrolment requirement for the Introduction to Insolvency Program.

Who should attend

The course is aimed at new entrants to the insolvency profession, who are either just beginning their career or entering the profession from a different vocation.

Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for the Introduction to Insolvency Program. However, we recommend you have three months' experience prior to attending this course.

Note: a current ARITA student subscription is required to enrol in this course. 

Learning objectives

  • Describe each of the different types of formal insolvency appointments and how they interact.
  • Explain the structure of the Corporate Act and Bankruptcy Act, including the Insolvency Practice Schedules and Rules.
  • Research routine matters encountered on insolvency engagements using the Corporations Act, Bankruptcy Act, ARITA Code, reference materials and the internet.
  • Give a brief explanation of the Personal Property Securities regime and searching the Personal Property Securities Register.
  • Outline the procedures, including statutory obligations and timeframes, involved in completing a:
    • creditors’  voluntary liquidation (and compare that to a court liquidation)
    • voluntary administration and deed of company arrangement
    • small business restructuring
    • receivership
    • bankruptcy
  • For voluntary administrations, explain the purpose of the first and second meetings, content to be included in the voluntary administrator's report and the role of the court.
  • Explain the different types of recoverable transactions and be able to identify those transactions.
  • Adjudicate on the proofs of debt, explain the type of supporting documentation required for proofs of debt, rank the creditors' claims in order of priority, explain the process to declare a dividend, and calculate available funds.
  • Explain creditors' right to request information and meetings and the importance of the proper handling of creditor queries.
  • Give a brief explanation of when meetings are held, meetings processes, proxies and use of proofs of debts in meetings.
  • Explain personal liability of appointees in liquidations, voluntary administrations, receiverships and small business restructuring.
  • Explain how to complete annual and end of administration returns.

Course content

  • Overview of insolvency
  • Legislation, research materials, ARITA Code
  • An introduction to Personal Property Securities Act
  • Liquidations (including simplified liquidation)
  • Voluntary administrations & deeds
  • Small business restructuring
  • Receiverships
  • Bankruptcy
  • Investigations
  • Proofs of debt
  • Dividends
  • Dealing with creditors
  • Meetings
  • Personal liability
  • Administrative tasks

Please note: 
This course provides only an introduction to personal insolvency.

Assessment

There is no formal assessment in the Introduction to Insolvency Program. Upon successfully completion of the course you will receive an electronic certificate of attendance.

Trainers

All Introduction to Insolvency Program session are conducted by trainers with extensive experience in insolvency, including practitioners, former practitioners, lawyers and academics.

Cost

2022: $1,445.40 (including GST)

You must be a 2022 ARITA Student subscriber to finalise your enrolment in the Introduction to Insolvency Program. Student subscription is not transferable and is not refundable in the event of cancellation.

Please note: If you are based overseas, there may be an additional postage/courier fee. Please contact our education team to confirm.

CPE

Up to 14 CPE hours 

Course delivery & time commitment

Online
Trainer-presented, fully-interactive live online classroom. This is a four-day course, with four hours commitment each day. Assigned pre-course reading must be completed before the course begins. More information about the electronic classroom & system requirements

Face-to-face
Our face-to-face course is a two-day course, with seven hours tuition each day. Assigned pre-course reading must be completed before the course begins.

Please note: Our face-to-face courses are run within the current COVID-19 health and safety recommendations and restrictions. Face-to-face courses offered may be postponed, cancelled or offered online if restrictions change.

What will you receive?

Online course:
Prior to the course commencing you will be provided with:

  • Pre-course reading materials that provide an ongoing valuable reference source.
  • An online quiz to assess your understanding of the pre-course reading materials.
  • Current ARITA Handbook, which contains ARITA’s Code of Professional Practice and extracts of relevant legislation. 
  • Course workbook containing handouts covering the course content and exercises to reinforce learning.

During the course you will receive:

  • Suggested solutions to all exercises.

Face-to-face course:
Prior to the course commencing you will be provided with:

  • Pre-course reading materials that provide an ongoing valuable reference source;
  • An online quiz to assess your understanding of the pre-course reading materials; and
  • Current ARITA Handbook, which contains ARITA’s Code of Professional Practice and extracts of relevant legislation. 

At the course you will receive:

  • Course workbook containing handouts covering the course content and exercises to reinforce learning; and
  • Suggested solutions to all exercises.

In-house training

Please contact [email protected] for information on face-to-face or online in-house training.

Questions?

If you have any questions about the Introduction to Insolvency Program please contact the ARITA Education team on [email protected] or (02) 8004 4351.

Please see our enrolment & cancellation policy