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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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Small business bushfire package to offer some relief: Ombudsman

Media Statement January 20, 2020 The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell says the government’s support package for bushfire-affected small businesses will help viable small businesses get back on their feet. “The Federal Government is responding to the needs expressed by small business representatives at the roundtable …

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New legislation will combat illegal phoenixing

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell welcomes the new legislation to implement Director Identification Numbers (DIN) and modernise business registers. If passed, the legislation will require Australian company directors to have a unique identification number. Ms Carnell says the legislation will help combat illegal phoenixing, a …

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Ombudsman welcomes advent of Business Growth Fund

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell has welcomed new legislation introduced today by the federal government to establish the Australian Business Growth Fund. “The Australian Business Growth Fund was a recommendation in our ‘Affordable Capital for SME Growth‘ report, which identified the need to address a …

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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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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

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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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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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