We’ll navigate the tough times for you

Saying it’s been a hard 2 years for business owners is an understatement.

Now’s the time to have someone in your corner – an advisor who provides clarity amongst the murkiness of insolvency, stress and indecision.

Approved small business restructuring practitioners. Registered liquidators. Registered bankruptcy trustees.

Worrells is available Australia wide

Fast, cost effective options

New solutions for companies with liabilities up to $1m

Insolvency laws changed, for the better

The ongoing COVID-19 economic environment is both tough and confusing for many businesses and the government made changes to allow your company to restructure debt more easily to weather the storm (and stay in control of your company).

Do these new laws apply to me (click here)?

If things are too tough and you need to close, the new legislation changes make it more straight forward for businesses to wind up, with less costs.


Debt Restructure

  • Helping you look at your company debts & negotiating an easier pay back plan
  • On your behalf, dealing with creditors to agree on delayed payments, reduced payments or debt 
  • Working with the ATO to negotiate a payment plan that buys you breathing space to rebuild

Wind up

  • A lower cost option than the standard liquidation
  • A faster way to wind up your company with less burden on you, the owner
  • More certainty in the liquidation process, giving you assurance before you go ahead with simplified liquidation

Eliminate the hurdles of uncertainty with qualified, expert advice from the team that care.

  • Approved small business restructuring practitioners. Registered liquidators. Registered bankruptcy trustees
  • Worrells is available Australia wide
  • Fast, cost effective options
  • New solutions for companies with liabilities up to $1m (what if I’m not eligible (click here)?)
  • Voluntary administration, Deeds of Company Arrangement, and other formal insolvency appointments for both corporate and personal debt matters.

Knowing when to make the call for help

Business owners are a tough breed and independent by nature, so that makes it difficult when deciding you might need a helping hand to change your situation.

There’s some critical signs that you should look out for.

5 signals that indicate
business stress

  1. Falling behind on payments due to cash-flow blockages
  2. Stressed relationships with key suppliers
  3. Juggling issues with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO)
  4. Business leaders checking out or becoming overwhelmed
  5. The stress creeps into your personal life

Breathe easy by preparing early

We’ll take the lead, so you can focus on your business.

Plain talk, straight answers and here to help

We’ve been around the block, specialising in insolvency since 1973. It’s what we live and breathe every day. We take the jargon out of what can be a complex process and offer a supportive environment during difficult times.

Leveraging the new small business restructuring plan solution is best considered by experienced insolvency practitioners.


Want to understand more about what’s changing and how it can help your business?


Not quite sure what this reform is really all about? We’ve got plenty to share on it:

What's the criteria for a simplified liquidation?

Should your company meet certain eligibility criteria, the liquidator may adopt the simplified liquidation process rather than the existing approach.

The criteria are:

  • the company has passed, a special resolution that the company be wound up voluntarily;
  • the directors give the liquidator a report concerning the company’s affairs and a declaration that the company will be eligible for the simplified liquidation process;
  • the company is insolvent;
  • the company’s total liabilities do not exceed $1 million;
  • no director has been a director of a company that has previously used the simplified liquidation process or a debt restructuring process; and
  • the company’s tax lodgments are up to date.
  • all employee entitlements are paid up to date (excluding contingent one such as accrued employee entitlements).

What's the criteria for a small business debt restructure?

The main criteria are:

  • the company’s total liabilities do not exceed $1 million (liability is taken to mean any liability or obligation, including contingent debts);
  • no director has been a director of a company that has previously used the simplified liquidation process or a debt restructuring process; and
  • the company’s tax lodgements are up to date.

What if I'm not eligible?

The team at Worrells will work with you to map out the best course of action for you. Speak to an expert to get tailored advice based on your situation.

What's our role in all of this?

In an effort to reduce costs associated with the insolvency process for small businesses, the debtor-in-possession model introduces a new a classification of insolvency advisor called a Small Business Restructuring Practitioner (SBRP), charged with administering the restructuring of a company.

All registered liquidators are automatically Small Business Restructuring Practitioners (SBRPs). Worrells has 26 registered liquidators/SBRPs across Australia.

Providing appropriate advice regarding a distressed business requires a specialised skill set and knowledge that is acquired through years of education and experience.

Furthermore, registered liquidators operate in a highly regulated environment and are subject to strict professional standards, accountability and ethics, unlike many “advisors” in the unregulated pre-insolvency market.

While SMEs may appear to have simplified affairs, in order to achieve a successful outcome in any business turnaround process, it is important for those managing that process to have the correct expertise, a well-planned and articulated strategy, and the ability to support all key stakeholders.

Read the full article

What has changed in liquidations?

If the company is eligible, a simplified liquidation appointment is different to standard liquidation appointment through:

  • Reduced investigation and reporting requirements. The requirement to provide a report on offences to the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) is removed.
  • Reduced meetings. The obligation for liquidators to convene meetings is removed.
  • Removed Committees of Inspections. Creditors may no longer appoint a committee of inspection, which is currently used to advise and assist the external administrator and can approve and request certain aspects of the liquidation process.
  • No Reviewing Liquidators. Creditors may no longer appoint a reviewing liquidator to review the incumbent’s remuneration.
  • Simplified dividend process. The process of creditors lodging a claim (proof of debt) and dividend payment is simplified.

What if the company is solvent?

If the company is solvent, meaning it can pay its debt when they fall due, then the simplified liquidation pathway is not available.

Solvent companies can be wound up by its members via a members’ voluntary winding up. Contact Worrells to learn more about this process.

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Help is here

It’s natural to have lots of questions, concerns or are simply needing a chat about your situation.

It’s easy to get in touch with one of our experts who are here to help during these tough times.

Look after your mental health

Facing financial distress is a crushing experience that creates hardship on a personal level. It’s not easy.

Be aware and proactive about your mental health, so you can get out the other side of these challenges.

Ask for help if you need it.

Chat to your doctor or reach out to Beyond Blue or Lifeline if you are in urgent need of help.