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Paper identifies ways to simplify the workplace relations system for the small business sector

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell, has released a position paper identifying ways to reduce the complexity of the workplace...

Ombudsman calls for small businesses to share examples of ‘heavy handed tactics’ by the ATO

Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell, has encouraged business owners to urgently contact her office if they have experienced “heavy handed tactics”...

New inquiry into international initiatives that provide SMEs affordable access to capital

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell, has commenced an inquiry into international initiatives designed to address the funding gap for...

ASIC report provides small business lenders with guidance on unfair contract terms laws

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) has released a report detailing changes made by the big four banks to remove unfair terms from...

New Financial Complaints Authority will improve small businesses access to justice

The passage of legislation establishing the Australian Financial Complaints Authority (AFCA) will result in small businesses having access to “free, fast and binding” dispute...

Small businesses urged to air grievances with the Royal Commission into the banking sector

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell, has encouraged small businesses that have suffered from ‘questionable conduct’ by the banks to...

Committee endorses visa worker levy but Kate Carnell warns of angst for small businesses

A Senate committee has deemed it ‘wholly appropriate’ that employers pay a levy to access overseas workers; however, the Australian Small Business and Family...

The ‘quest for stability’ in the financial system is detrimental to SME growth, says Ombudsman

The benefits small businesses derive from a competitive financial system are being reduced by the regulators in their “quest for stability”, the Productivity Commission...

Accountants urge government to legislate against the late payment of small businesses

The Institute of Public Accountants (IPA) has called for the Federal Government to improve the financial outlook of SMEs by introducing a loan guarantee...

Revised Banking Code leaves small businesses vulnerable to penalties, says the Ombudsman

Despite containing some positive initiatives for small business, the revised Banking Code of Practice hasn’t resolved issues with power imbalance and dispute resolution, according...

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Will we see more Australian businesses transact with cryptocurrency?

Cryptocurrencies have had a rocky road towards mainstream acceptance. In 2017, the CEO of JP Morgan, Jamie Dimon,...

Let’s Talk: Workplace bullying

Conflict management is an often overlooked but crucial skill to business and entrepreneurship. The ability to cultivate and maintain good relations is...

How DebtForce is helping businesses get paid on time, every time

Having customers adhere to your trading terms is a perennial challenge for business owners, and being paid on time can be the...

Emesent’s autonomous drones disrupt the mining space

Drone company Emesent is taking pilotless aircraft to new heights, with autonomous technology allowing miners to access unchartered spaces, and defence forces...

Responsible lending law reforms to boost credit

The Federal Government has announced changes to responsible lending laws in the hopes of boosting Australia's flow of credit. Under the changes,...

Aussie Broadband prepares to list despite pandemic disruptions

Aussie Broadband, Australia’s fifth largest provider of NBN services, is set to list on the ASX this October. The ISP will list...

“Rural empowerment a key focus”: how Zoho’s digital transformations benefit small and regional businesses

Zoho, a software solutions company, provides integrated tech solutions for businesses globally. They offer 45+ integrated apps, ranging from CRM to financial...

$4.5 billion network investment delivers ultra-fast broadband to over 700,000 businesses

The Federal Government has released a $4.5 bn network investment package, involving a $3.5 bn upgrade of the National Broadband Network (NBN)....