Bankruptcy Amendments: The New Insolvency Rules and Voluntary Arrangement Rules

As I have updated in my earlier article, the amendments to the Bankruptcy Act have now all come into force on 6 October 2017. We should now all be referring to it as the Insolvency Act 1967, instead of the old Bankruptcy Act 1967.

As a reminder, the new term Insolvency Act 1967 still merely refers to individual insolvency or individual bankruptcy. It does not involve corporate insolvency. Further, even under the Insolvency Act 1967, it continues to refer to the act of bankruptcy and the bankruptcy order.

Going hand in hand with the renamed Insolvency Act 1967, there are now a host of new rules that come along with the Act.

Firstly, there are the new Insolvency Rules 2017.  These are important rules setting out the procedure governing the bankruptcy court proceedings as well as proceedings after the bankruptcy order.

Secondly, the Insolvency (Voluntary Arrangement) Rules 2017. The voluntary arrangement is a pre-bankruptcy rescue mechanism. The borrower will appoint a nominee to act as an independent professional to oversee and to try to structure a debt rearrangement compromise with all the borrower’s creditors.

There are then also the amendments and updates for the costs and fees under the Insolvency Act 1967. You can find them through the Insolvency (Fees) Amendment Rules 2017 and the Insolvency (Costs) Amendment Rules 2017.

I haven’t had the time to fully go through all of these new rules. I will provide an update later on.




5 thoughts on “Bankruptcy Amendments: The New Insolvency Rules and Voluntary Arrangement Rules

  1. Sukinam Jack 7 October, 2017 / 8:57 pm

    Hi Lee Shih

    Read the news today on this matter.
    Need some clarify here . So this amendment was effective yesterday right . 6 Oktober 2017
    I have been waiting for the amendment as this have given a tremendous issue to my husband .
    The outstanding was 62000.00
    If the minimum debt was reduced to 50k .. does it mean that after after paying around 12-13k , my husband can be discharge from the bankruptcy.

    I do hope that you can clarify as we need to settle this matter soonest .
    Thank you for you time.
    Looking forward a reply from you.


  2. Troy Clifton 16 October, 2017 / 2:02 pm

    The Act does not say if you reduce your debt below 50k, you can be discharged. The Act says a creditor can only present a bankruptcy Petition in Court against a debtor if the debt is 50k or more. Once adjudged a bankrupt even though the debtor pays 13k leaving the debt below 50k, the debtor has not automatic right to be discharged.

  3. Lee Chee Teck 7 January, 2019 / 5:37 am

    Just to check, am bankrupt since 1999 but my amount is about 42,000 but now it have been raise up to 50k so will it be automatic discharge from now ? It has been 20 years

  4. Kelvin chu 28 March, 2019 / 4:44 pm

    After been bankrupt do they need to decared
    Their matters to pay income tax again ?

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