A director is obliged to be constantly aware of the company’s financial position.
An understanding of the financial position of the company only at the time that a director signs off on the company’s financial statements is insufficient.
Does the director:
- Have information at their disposal to regularly form the view that the company is solvent?
- Monitor the financial affairs of the company and make sufficient inquiries into its financial affairs on a regular basis?
- Rely on a third party to provide information about the solvency of the company and, if so, does the director make diligent and timely inquiries of them?
- Understand the indicators of insolvency that a reasonable person should take into account in determining whether the company is insolvent?
- Take positive steps to confirm the company’s financial position and realistically assess the options available to deal with any of the company’s financial difficulties?
Is the company:
- Continually making losses?
- Unable to realise current assets and facing cash flow difficulties?
- Not paying creditors in accordance with its terms?
- Not paying tax and superannuation liabilities?
- Subject to accumulating debt with excess liabilities over assets?
- Defaulting on loan or interest payments?
- Subject to increased monitoring and/o rinvolvement by its financier?
- Experiencing difficulties in obtaining finance?
- Entering into instalment arrangements to repay creditors including the ATO?
- Subject to judgement debts?
- Disorganised in its internal accounting procedures?
- Deficient in financial records?
- Losing key management personnel?