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Ombudsman appointment to support small business in Defence industry capability

Monday, April 8, 2019

The Minister for Defence Industry, Senator Linda Reynolds announced the appointment of the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell as co-chair of the Advisory Board for the Centre for Defence Industry Capability (CDIC...

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Budget boost for Australian small businesses

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

The most significant benefits for small business from this year’s budget are tax cuts, an increase to the instant asset write-off, increased infrastructure spending and investment in apprenticeships.

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Consultation process for unfair contract terms must listen to small business

Friday, March 29, 2019

Consultations on changes to legislation on unfair contract terms (UCT) for small businesses must adequately consult and take into account the views of the small business sector and the regulators, Ombudsman Kate Carnell said today.

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Proposed wage increase could stifle small business employment

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Labor’s proposal to move from a minimum wage to a living wage could negatively impact many small businesses that are already operating on very low margins and put at risk their ability to employ or even survive.

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Ombudsman welcomes small business telecommunications dispute team

Friday, March 22, 2019

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell today welcomed the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman’s (TIO) announcement that it will form a Small Business Team.

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Ombudsman welcomes job system overhaul to help small businesses employ

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell today welcomed the Coalition Government’s commitment to transform Australia’s employment services model to deliver better outcomes for job seekers and employers.

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NAB steps up on definition of small business loan facility

Friday, March 15, 2019

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell, has congratulated the National Australia Bank’s lead in expanding its definition of small business to capture total lending of up to $5 million; higher than the aggregate $...

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Ombudsman concerned with number of ATO garnishees

Thursday, March 14, 2019

The number of ATO garnishee debt-recovery notices released each day, as reported in the Acting Inspector-General of Taxation and Taxation Ombudsman’s (IGTO) review, is of great concern to the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman.

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