Tag Archives: Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman

Legislation may be the only way to fix payment times: Ombudsman

Media Release 12 February, 2020 Legislation may be the only way to fix payment times: Ombudsman The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO) Kate Carnell says if big businesses continue to flout reasonable payment terms, she will have no choice but to recommend federal legislation requiring all businesses …

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Mid-year budget contains ‘welcomed gifts’ for small businesses

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell has welcomed the mid-year budget update. According to the Ombudsman, the update contains some “welcomed gifts” for small businesses. “It’s encouraging to see the federal government has allocated funds to establish the national payment times reporting framework,” Ms Carnell said. …

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Collective bargaining a ‘game-changer’ for small players

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The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell says small supermarkets should be able to engage in collective bargaining to remain competitive and viable. The Ombudsman has written to the ACCC in support of a proposal by Co-Operative Supermarkets Australia, to participate in collective bargaining to help small …

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Supply chain financing up for review

A review of supply chain financing has been launched by the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell. It’s expected that the review will examine the ways in which small and family businesses can use supply chain financing to manage cash flow and fund growth, while also looking …

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Ombudsman inquiry to ‘shine a light’ on insolvency system

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell has announced an inquiry into the insolvency system. The Insolvency Practices Inquiry will investigate if current insolvency practices achieve the best possible outcome for small and family businesses in financial trouble. “This inquiry will shine a light on the insolvency …

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Cutting the red tape

The federal government has reportedly committed to cutting unnecessary regulation for small businesses, a move welcomed by the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell. Ms Carnell says small businesses and family enterprises are calling for less unnecessary regulation so that they can focus on actually growing their …

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Small business sector mixed bag

The Australian small business sector is facing a major shake-up over the coming decade, with the highest proportion of small business owners aged between 45 and 59 years. That’s according to the ‘Small Business Counts’ report released at the COSBOA National Small Business Summit by the Australian Small Business and …

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Ombudsman calls for action to address small business growth

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell says she is deeply concerned by fresh data showing small business growth is in crisis. She urges the government to do more to break down the barriers to business expansion. “The Institute of Public Affairs’ (IPA) latest research has found …

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Ombudsman backs extension of unfair contract terms to insurance

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell has welcomed draft legislation that extends the unfair contract term regime to insurance contracts. “Removing the current exemption for insurance contracts from the unfair contract term regime as recommended by Commissioner Hayne, is a logical step,” Ms Carnell said. Room …

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Complaint claim justice for small business

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell has encouraged small businesses impacted by financial misconduct as far back as January 1, 2008, to lodge a complaint with the Australian Financial Complaints Authority (AFCA). It has been said that previously the AFCA has only taken back complaints going …

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