Tag Archives: SMEs

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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Not so magnificent seven: why Aussie businesses fail

Global risk-management provider SAI Global has revealed the most common reasons Aussie businesses come up short. Principal Advisor in Business Improvement at SAI Global David Smith carries out training and certification for organisations seeking to meet the ISO 9001 Standard for quality management systems. He said: “Organisations that use our …

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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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Finders keepers: retaining employees and lowering costs

Retaining employees saves time, effort and money. A good employee experience or engagement program are crucial. Steve Bennetts is Senior Principal Consultant, Employee Experience, at software and management company Qualtrics. He said: “The cost of employee turnover can be massive. “Some estimates put it at up to 200 per cent …

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Ombudsman urges support for SME export opportunities

Ombudsman Kate Carnell has welcomed a report on small and medium enterprises and their access to free trade agreements. The recent Joint Standing Committee report looked at how SMEs could participate in FTAs. Ms Carnell threw her weight behind its key recommendations and urged “bi-partisan support” for the sake of …

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Small businesses can now ‘stand up’ to big business – MGA

Master Grocers Australia (MGA) has welcomed the government’s decision to allow easier access to justice for small businesses. According to MGA, the ‘Small Business Access to Justice’ policy aims to help small businesses bring cases of anti-competitive behaviour to court. It does so by allowing requests for a ‘no adverse costs order’ …

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