This page contains answers to the following frequently asked questions (FAQs):
- FAQ 1 - How do I search the website?
- FAQ 2 - How do I search for former company names?
- FAQ 3 - How do I search by dates?
- FAQ 4 - How do I search by ACN?
- FAQ 5 - I can't find the company I was searching for?
- FAQ 6 - Winding up Applications (withdrawn/dismissed)
- FAQ 7 - Notices of Intention to Deregister - what happens when deregistration does not occur?
To help you search the website, read the Searching the insolvency notices website topic in the user guide (to be added).
After going to the search/browser page you can enter the former name into the company name search field and simply press search.
Section 161A of the Corporations Act 2001 requires the former name of a company to be set out in public documents, in certain circumstances.
The 'To' date is not inclusive when undertaking a search by 'Search Published Date'.
If you wanted to search for notices posted on 30 June 2012, you need to enter 30 June 2012 in the 'From' box and 1 July 2012 in the 'To' box. Entering 30 June 2012 in both boxes will result in no results being displayed.
Do not insert any spaces in the ACN. Inserting spaces will result in no results being displayed.
To optimize searching by company name avoid entering suffixes such as Pty, Proprietary, Ltd or Limited into the text box and simply enter the company name.
The website is a register for certain notices published in accordance with the Corporations Act 2001, including winding up applications.
We maintain the website as an historical record of the notices published in accordance with Corporations Regulation 5.6.75.
Please note that there is no requirement under the Corporations Act 2001 or the Corporations Regulations for any party to lodge and/or publish on the website a notice of dismissal or withdrawal of a winding up application.
Accordingly, while the proceeding cited in the notice of winding up application on the website may no longer be current, it will remain on the website and is searchable as an historical record; much in the same way as for newspaper advertisements prior to the introduction of the website on 1 July 2012.
You can search our corporate register through ASIC connect via our main website www.asic.gov.au to see if the petitioning creditor has subsequently lodged a Form 519 to record the withdrawal or dismissal of the original application.
The website is a publication website for certain notices required to be published under the Corporations Act 2001, including notices by ASIC of its intention to deregister a company. On some occasions, ASIC does not proceed to deregister a company the subject of a notice of intention to deregister.
There is no requirement under the Corporations Act 2001 to publish on the website a subsequent notice where ASIC does not proceed to deregister a company.
However, ASIC maintains the website as an historical record of notices required to be published under the Corporations Act 2001.
So, while the intention to deregister may no longer be current, the notice will remain on the website and be searchable as an historical record; much in the same way as for advertisements appearing in the Commonwealth Government Gazette prior to the introduction of the website on 1 July 2012.
To check whether a company was deregistered after publication of a notice of intention to deregister on the website, search ASIC's database using the "ASIC Connect" facility on ASIC's website. Please note that ASIC cannot deregister a company until two months have passed from the publication of the notice on the website.