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  • September 12 2019 NSW small business month returns this October

    October is NSW Small Business Month – a month-long festival providing opportunities for small business owners to strengthen their skills and network with others. Minister for Finance and Small Business Damien Tudehope said NSW Small Business Month was a fantastic opportunity for local firms and entrepreneurs to come together to celebrate the contribution that small Read More…

  • September 10 2019 Multi-country survey finds nearly 80% of employers aren’t worried about unethical use of AI

    ANZ employers and employees contribute their opinions on AI ethics policies, potential misuse, liability and regulation Companies around the world are expecting to apply artificial intelligence (AI) within their companies in the next few years but are lagging in discussions about the ethics surrounding it, new research from global technology leader Genesys finds. More than Read More…

  • September 9 2019 ATO unpaid super action welcome but 99 per cent of workers still short-changed

    Moves by the Australian Tax Office to go after those employers not paying their workers super are welcome but barely scratch the surface of the problem Industry Super Australia (ISA) says. With ISA analysis showing that one in three workers – around 2.85 million people – are  being ripped off close to $6 billion in Read More…

  • September 6 2019 Sustainable bandages wrap up 2019 Telstra Victorian Business of the Year

    A Cheltenham-based business that has created a range of all-natural bandages which are sold to 35 countries has been named the 2019 Telstra Victorian Business of the Year. Inspired by his son’s sensitivity to typical bandages, Nutricare founder and CEO James Dutton set out to create a natural product that is sustainable, environmentally conscious and Read More…

  • September 5 2019 Ombudsman urges prospective franchisees to do their homework

    The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell is urging prospective franchisees to do their homework before investing, after the ACCC found some franchisors were failing to provide adequate information to buyers. The regulator found one-in-three franchisors in the food services sector had failed to disclose useful contact details of former franchisees to Read More…

  • September 2 2019 Ombudsman backs mental health support for small business owners

    The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell has praised Beyond Blue for supporting the mental health of small business owners. Beyond Blue has today released a free online guide that provides business advisers, such as accountants, bookkeepers and industry association representatives, with practical tips about how to support their clients and members. Read More…

  • August 27 2019 COSBOA supports the ATO in pursuit of scammers

    The Council of Small Business Organisations Australia (COSBOA) today announced their support of the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) and the government in pursuit of those who deliberately scam the tax system.  Speaking on behalf of COSBOA, Peter Strong, CEO noted the release of the tax gap for small business (12.5 per cent) and stated that Read More…

  • August 27 2019 New tool for small business set to tackle energy cost

    48 percent of small businesses do not monitor their energy spend 50 percent are on extended contracts and risk paying more An online tool enabling small businesses across Australia to see if they are paying too much for energy was announced by the Australian Government today, in partnership with Xero and Alphabeta. The Small Business Read More…

  • August 26 2019 Six technology investments every SME must make

    While many small and medium enterprises (SMEs) understand that the nature of work is becoming increasingly digital, many business owners aren’t necessarily certain where they should invest their limited resources for maximum results. Getting that investment right could create limitless possibilities for these businesses while getting it wrong could result in wasted time and money. Read More…

  • August 22 2019 $50K on offer for start-ups in the 2019 Westpac Innovation Challenge 

    The Westpac Innovation Challenge has launched today, giving start-ups, scale-ups and entrepreneurs the chance to win $50,000 and professional support to grow their business.  The Challenge asks entrants to create a solution using data to solve a business problem specific to one of five different sectors: micro business, energy, insurance, aged care or government.  Now Read More…

  • August 13 2019 Cleaners, couriers, and construction industry reminded to lodge Taxable Payments Annual Report by 28 August

    Businesses that provide cleaning or courier services, as well as businesses in the building and construction industry were today reminded that they may need to lodge a Taxable Payments Annual Report (TPAR) with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) by 28 August 2019. ATO Assistant Commissioner Peter Holt said the Taxable Payment Reporting System (TPRS) has been Read More…

  • August 6 2019 “Small Business Fair Dismissal Code does not work”

    The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell, has handed down a comprehensive review of the Small Business Fair Dismissal Code, recommending a suite of changes to help small business employers meet their obligations. “Put simply, the Small Business Fair Dismissal Code in its current form, is not working in the way it Read More…

  • July 23 2019 New research reveals employee pay gaps exist across 2 in 3 organisations

    An industry association has released new data that shows that large-scale pay rate discrepancies occur in 2 in 3 organisations. The findings come from a survey commissioned by the Australian Payroll Association – Australia’s leading network in payroll training, consulting and advisory – asked 601 payroll managers across the country’s big and small businesses and Read More…

  • May 7 2019 $400,000 NSW Investing in Women grants up for grabs

    Organisations with projects that empower NSW women and improve their wellbeing can now apply for a share of $400,000 from the NSW Government. Minister for Women, Bronwyn Taylor invited organisations across the State to apply for the funding under the latest round of Investing in Women grants. “As the new Minister for Women in NSW, Read More…

  • April 29 2019 NSW economy retains pole position

    Consistent strength across the board sees NSW retain pole position according to CommSec’s latest State of the States report released today. Of the key economic indicators considered in the report – including economic growth, retail spending, and unemployment – NSW is consistently strong, ranking second in seven of the eight indicators. Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said Read More…