Tag Archives: small business

Small business groups call for ‘critical’ workplace law reform

Employsure and the Small Business Association of Australia (SBAA) have announced a new partnership to advocate two key areas of workplace reform. Ed Mallett, founder and Managing Director of Employsure, in partnership with CEO of SBAA Anne Nalder are joining forces to propose the need for the simplification of Australia’s …

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Employee pay gaps remain prevalent

Findings from a survey commissioned by the Australian Payroll Association has shown that two in three organisations have large-scale pay rate discrepancies. A survey of 601 payroll managers has reportedly revealed that 69 per cent of payroll managers see significant differences in pay rates between employees who do the same …

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Xero: late payments to small businesses costly

A new report from Xero, the global small business platform, has revealed that half of all trade credit invoices are paid late and the value of outstanding, late payments to Australian small businesses is $115 billion annually. “Late payments are the scourge of small business. [This report] gives us a …

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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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Small business ombudsman calls for simpler workplace relations

Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell has released a position paper identifying steps to tackle the complexity of workplace relations for small businesses. “We have had significant consultations with small businesses over the last two years and the overwhelming view is the legislation is far too complicated …

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Industry heads host roundtable discussion on small-business finance

The Council of Small Business Australia (COSBOA) recently participated in a roundtable discussion about small-business finance convened by the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA). The meeting was held in Sydney and co-chaired by RBA Governor Philip Lowe, COSBOA Chairman (and Australian Convenience and Petroleum Marketers Association CEO) Mark McKenzie, and …

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MGA cautions against deregulation of WA trading hours

Western Australia’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI) Chief Economist Rick Newnham claims WA has the most restrictive retail trading hours in the nation, but MGA Independent Retailers warns that deregulation of trading hours will have a serious impact on the viability of small businesses throughout the state. Mr Newnham’s …

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Ombudsman calls for small businesses in trouble with ATO to “contact us”

Small-business owners are advised to urgently contact the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO) Kate Carnell if they have experienced heavy-handed tactics from the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). “Minister for Revenue and Financial Services Kelly O’Dwyer has requested an inquiry into the allegations raised in the joint Fairfax/Four …

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Calls to investigate ATO after cash-grab allegations

Federal Financial Services Minister Kelly O’Dwyer has launched an investigation into the Australian Tax Office (ATO) following reports of vulnerable small businesses and individuals being targeted to help meet revenue goals. A joint investigation by ABC-TV’s Four Corners program and Fairfax Media has revealed unethical tactics, including an ‘hour of power’ …

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Inquiry launched into affordable capital for SME growth

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell has launched a new inquiry, exploring a range of international initiatives to address the funding gap for small-to-medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). “The inquiry will examine Australian initiatives where the government shares the lending risk, and state/territory initiatives to support small business …

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