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Ombudsman encourages struggling small businesses to use new hub

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Ombudsman Kate Carnell has welcomed the Australian Banking Association’s (ABA) new Financial Assistance Hub and is encouraging struggling small businesses to use it.

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Affordable childcare essential for women in small business

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell says universal access to high-quality, affordable early education would deliver essential support to women in small business.

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Victorian small businesses left to pick up the pieces as lockdown ends

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Ombudsman Kate Carnell says while small businesses are relieved the state-wide lockdown is lifting, the Victorian Government is still yet to announce any support measures for the sector.

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Valentine’s Day lockdown heart-breaking for Victorian small businesses

Friday, February 12, 2021

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell says the Victorian Government needs to urgently compensate small businesses forced to close their doors on one of the busiest holidays of the year.

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Loan scheme a lifeline to small businesses hit by COVID crisis: Ombudsman

Thursday, February 4, 2021

Ombudsman Kate Carnell has welcomed media reports that Treasury is considering a revenue-contingent business loan scheme, saying it would provide a lifeline to small businesses recovering from the COVID crisis.

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Small businesses urged to register assets before insolvency explosion

Monday, February 1, 2021

Ombudsman Kate Carnell says it is essential for small business owners to secure their assets and business loans, with economists predicting a steep rise in insolvencies this year.

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Dairy farmers can seek help without fear of retribution: Ombudsman

Thursday, January 28, 2021

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell says dairy farmers in dispute can get in touch with her office for initial guidance, without fear of retribution.

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Small business subbies to get paid faster under NSW Govt program

Monday, January 25, 2021

Ombudsman Kate Carnell has commended the NSW Government for its new pilot program that will see some small business subcontractors get paid in 20 business days.

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