Tag Archives: Kate Carnell

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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Small Business Fair Dismissal Code deemed unfit for purpose

Kate Carnell

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman has reported that the Small Business Fair Dismissal Code in its current form, is not working in the way it was originally intended. This view is backed by Fair Work Commission unfair dismissal statistics and the National Retail Association (NRA). Ombudsman Kate …

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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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Ombudsman welcomes faster payments to Qld SMEs

Ombudsman Kate Carnell has welcomed the Queensland government’s commitment to faster payment terms for small businesses. Ms Carnell has also urged other states and territories to follow suit, after expressing disappointment that it took so long. “A reduction in invoice payment times from 30 days to 20 days is to …

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Follow through on SME commitments, urges Ombudsman

Ombudsman Kate Carnell says the returned coalition government must make good on its pre-election commitments to small businesses. She called its focus on small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) a “major factor” in its surprise election win. But she added that she now expects the coalition to act on its campaign …

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ATO jumping gun on early debt recovery – Ombudsman

The ATO is issuing garnishee notices while tax disputes are still before the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, says a new report. The report on early debt recovery action by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) comes from the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO). ‘Severe’ impact In response, Ombudsman Kate …

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Ombudsman welcomes telecoms dispute team for SMEs

Ombudsman Kate Carnell has welcomed the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman’s (TIO) announcement that it will form a Small Business Team. “From April 1, 2019, small businesses who are in dispute with their telephone, mobile or internet services provider will have a specific team to contact,” she said. She also highlighted the …

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