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LAWS13-117: Insolvency Law and Practice May 2020 [Standard]

General information

Insolvency Law and Practice is an elective subject in undergraduate programs offered by the Faculty of Law. This subject is designed to provide an overview of the various forms of insolvency their effect and roles in both personal and corporate environments. It provides an introduction into the protection and regulation of insolvent individuals and corporations, and aims to discuss insolvency within the social context and the impact of insolvency law. Students examine the legal procedure involved in insolvency law (such as bankruptcy petitions, lodging proofs of debt and distribution of insolvent estates) as well as the impact of insolvency upon stakeholders such as employees, unsecured creditors, and individual and corporate debtors. Both individual and corporate insolvency are examined. All aspects of personal and corporate insolvency will be discussed but the subject places particular emphasis on discussing powers of insolvency administrators, voluntary administration, liquidation and the rights of creditors.


Academic unit:Faculty of Law
Subject code:LAWS13-117
Subject title:Insolvency Law and Practice
Subject level:Undergraduate
Semester/Year:May 2020
Credit points:10

Delivery & attendance

Delivery mode:


Workload items:
  • Seminar: x12 (Total hours: 36) - Seminar 1
  • Personal Study Hours: x12 (Total hours: 84) - Recommended Study Hours
Attendance and learning activities: Class participation mark will be determined, in part, by attendance.


Prescribed resources:
  • Murray and Harris Keay's Insolvency - Personal and Corporate Law and Practice. 9th, Thomson Reuters/Lawbook
  • Courtney Wright (2015). Quick Reference Card - Insolvency Law. Lexis Nexis
After enrolment, students can check the Books and Tools area in iLearn for the full Resource List.
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Enrolment requirements

Requisites: ?


Assumed knowledge:

Assumed knowledge is the minimum level of knowledge of a subject area that students are assumed to have acquired through previous study. It is the responsibility of students to ensure they meet the assumed knowledge expectations of the subject. Students who do not possess this prior knowledge are strongly recommended against enrolling and do so at their own risk. No concessions will be made for students’ lack of prior knowledge.

Assumed Prior Learning (or equivalent):

Restrictions: ?

Must be admitted into a Bachelor Law degree OR Bachelor of Laws combined degree OR be an approved Law Study Abroad or Law Exchange student.

This subject is not available as a general elective. To be eligible for enrolment, the subject must be specified in the students’ program structure.

Assurance of learning

Assurance of Learning means that universities take responsibility for creating, monitoring and updating curriculum, teaching and assessment so that students graduate with the knowledge, skills and attributes they need for employability and/or further study.

At Bond University, we carefully develop subject and program outcomes to ensure that student learning in each subject contributes to the whole student experience. Students are encouraged to carefully read and consider subject and program outcomes as combined elements.

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

Program Learning Outcomes provide a broad and measurable set of standards that incorporate a range of knowledge and skills that will be achieved on completion of the program. If you are undertaking this subject as part of a degree program, you should refer to the relevant degree program outcomes and graduate attributes as they relate to this subject.

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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  1. Basic knowledge of Australian corporate and personal insolvency law.
  2. Knowledge of the various types of corporate insolvency options available to companies within the Australian legal framework.
  3. Knowledge of the various types of personal insolvency options available within the Australian legal framework.
  4. Knowledge of the legal requirements for practitioners within the corporate and personal insolvency jurisdictions.


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
*Class Participation Class participation 20% Ongoing 1, 2, 3, 4.
*Online Quiz Online Quiz 20% Weekly 1, 2, 3, 4.
Essay Essay 30% Week 11 1, 2, 3, 4.
Take-home Examination Take-home exam 30% Non-Standard Examination Period 1, 2, 3, 4.
  • * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
  • C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.

Assessment criteria

High Distinction 85-100 Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.
Distinction 75-84 Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.
Credit 65-74 Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.
Pass 50-64 Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.
Fail 0-49 Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.

Quality assurance

For the purposes of quality assurance, Bond University conducts an evaluation process to measure and document student assessment as evidence of the extent to which program and subject learning outcomes are achieved. Some examples of student work will be retained for potential research and quality auditing purposes only. Any student work used will be treated confidentially and no student grades will be affected.

Study information

Submission procedures

Students must check the [email protected] subject site for detailed assessment information and submission procedures.

Policy on late submission and extensions

A late penalty will be applied to all overdue assessment tasks unless an extension is granted by the subject coordinator. The standard penalty will be 10% of marks awarded to that assessment per day late with no assessment to be accepted seven days after the due date. Where a student is granted an extension, the penalty of 10% per day late starts from the new due date.

Policy on plagiarism

University’s Academic Integrity Policy defines plagiarism as the act of misrepresenting as one’s own original work: another’s ideas, interpretations, words, or creative works; and/or one’s own previous ideas, interpretations, words, or creative work without acknowledging that it was used previously (i.e., self-plagiarism). The University considers the act of plagiarising to be a breach of the Student Conduct Code and, therefore, subject to the Discipline Regulations which provide for a range of penalties including the reduction of marks or grades, fines and suspension from the University.

Bond University utilises Originality Reporting software to inform academic integrity.

Feedback on assessment

Feedback on assessment will be provided to students within two weeks of the assessment submission due date, as per the Assessment Policy.

Disability support

If you have a disability, illness, injury or health condition that impacts your capacity to complete studies, exams or assessment tasks, it is important you let us know your special requirements, early in the semester. Students will need to make an application for support and submit it with recent, comprehensive documentation at an appointment with a Disability Officer. Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Office at the earliest possible time, to meet staff and learn about the services available to meet your specific needs. Please note that late notification or failure to disclose your disability can be to your disadvantage as the University cannot guarantee support under such circumstances.

Subject curriculum

Definitions - Personal and Corporate - Directors Duties

The concept of External Administration - Process - Effect - Likely consequences

What is Receivership? - Circumstances in which it will occur - Consequences - Roles of Receiver, Company officers - Rights and responsibilities of creditors pre, during and post receivership

An overview of the process - Historical development - Examination (general) of cause and effect

Practicalities - Creditor funding - PPSA - Secured Creditors rights and entitlements

Stages - Effects (external and internal) - Debt recovery

Voidable Transactions - Voidable Preferences - Liability of Corporate Officers - Potential liability of Liquidators

Considerations in the finalisation of corporate insolvency administration and an Introduction to Personal Insolvency

An examination of alternatives to bankruptcy

An examination of asset availability - Superannuation, etc. and courses of action available to Trustees in Bankruptcy

A professional roundtable involving a representative of the involved entities (Lawyer, Liquidator/Trustee and Financial Advisor)

Practical exercises; Advice writing techniques

Approved on: Apr 28, 2020. Edition: 1.5
Last updated: Aug 25, 2020.