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  • 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…

  • March 22 2019 Deliveroo partners with Australian tech startup Doshii

    Leading food company Deliveroo has announced a partnership with Melbourne-based Hospitality and Retail API Platform Doshii to streamline processing orders for restaurant partners. Restaurants who partner with Deliveroo will be able to utilise the Doshii API (Application Programing Interface) to connect customer ordering direct to their in-store point-of-sale (POS), eliminating the need for restaurants to manually Read More…

  • March 20 2019 Coles and Aldi raise their milk prices in support of dairy farmers

    Minister for Primary Industries, Niall Blair has welcomed the move by Coles and Aldi to raise their milk prices to help support our State’s dairy farmers. “This is a great start for dairy farmers who have been struggling with the impacts of $1 a litre milk since 2011 and who are now facing added pressures Read More…

  • March 15 2019 Australian small businesses call for more government support

    Over two-thirds (71 per cent) of small business owners say the federal government is not doing enough to support them, in a new study by accounting software provider Reckon (ASX:RKN). Government red tape is considered the biggest obstacle to creating a start-up in Australia, with over half (52 per cent) of SMBs agreeing.   The survey, which Read More…

  • March 7 2019 Tracey Spicer AM named 2019 NSW Premier’s Woman of the Year

    Passionate women’s rights advocate and journalist Tracey Spicer AM has been named 2019 NSW Premier’s Woman of the Year – the top honour at the NSW Women of the Year awards. Ms Spicer accepted the award from Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Minister for Women Tanya Davies at the WOTY Awards ceremony in Sydney today. “Tracey Read More…