As part of the September issue of “The Personal Insolvency Regulator” newsletter, the Australian Financial Security Authority (AFSA) released an enforcement snap-shot for the April to June 2018 quarter (Quarter) (Snapshot).1
The indication given by this Snapshot, together with recent media releases about specific cases of enforcement activity,2 is that AFSA has both the tools and power to investigate and refer potential offences in appropriate circumstances.
Indeed, the most recent statistics disclose a total of 37 persons were prosecuted on referral from AFSA and 51 charges were proven with conviction, carrying a total dollar value of $3,924,179.00, ranging across 18 different offences under the Bankruptcy Act.3
Separately, AFSA issued three infringement notices to registered trustees.
Some of the major repeat offences which AFSA has observed related to:
Further a case decided only last month in the Downing Street District Court in New South Wales has led to the sentencing of bankrupt to 12 months imprisonment for breaches (referred by AFSA to the Commonwealth DPP) which included disposing of property with intent to defeat creditors, and attempting to leave Australia without consent of a trustee.5
 Australian Financial Security Authority, ‘Enforcement snap-shot’ (Media Release, September 2018) <https://www.afsa.gov.au/professionals/pir-newsletter/enforcement-snap-shot>.
 Australian Financial Security Authority, ‘NSW (Xenos) – Bankrupt convicted for obtaining credit without disclosing his bankruptcy’ (Media Release, May 1, 2018) <https://www.afsa.gov.au/about-us/newsroom/media-release-nsw-xenos-bankrupt-convicted-obtaining-credit-without-disclosing-his>; Australian Financial Security Authority, ‘VIC (Mandri) Former Bankrupt ordered to perform 18 months community service for making false declarations’ (Media Release, 19 June 2018) <https://www.afsa.gov.au/about-us/newsroom/media-release-vic-mandri-former-bankrupt-ordered-perform-18-months-community>; and Australian Financial Security Authority, ‘VIC (Boulad) – Convicted for removing property and failing to comply with trustee’s direction’ (Media Release, 19 June 2018) <https://www.afsa.gov.au/about-us/newsroom/media-release-vic-boulad-convicted-removing-property-and-failing-comply-trustees>.
 1966 (Cth) (Act).
 Australian Financial Security Authority, ‘QLD (PAGE) – Ex-bankrupt pleads guilty to concealing boat and obtaining goods and services without disclosing bankruptcy (Media Release, 15 November 2018) <https://www.afsa.gov.au/about-us/newsroom/media-release-qld-page-ex-bankrupt-pleads-guilty-concealing-boat-and-obtaining>.
 Australian Financial Security Authority, ‘NSW (Khalsa) Midwife sentenced for bankruptcy offences’ (Media Release, 19 November 2018) <https://www.afsa.gov.au/about-us/newsroom/nsw-khalsa-midwife-sentenced-bankruptcy-offences>.