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Franchising inquiry actions should be adopted: Ombudsman

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Ombudsman says recommendations in the report on the inquiry into franchising addressed the concerns raised by her office in submissions and consultations with small business franchisees.

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Supplier payment code recommendations a step in the right direction

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

“The actions recommended in the independent review of the BCA Australian Supplier Payment Code are a step in the right direction, but have fallen short of small business expectations,” Ombudsman, Kate Carnell said.

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Ombudsman supports fairer online booking rules for Aussie small businesses

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Kate Carnell welcomed Labor’s proposal to ban ‘price parity clauses’ from online booking contracts that restrict accommodation outlets offering discounts or deals on their own websites.

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Ombudsman to review historical cases of small business disputes with ATO

Thursday, March 7, 2019

The Ombudsman is looking into historical cases where a small business has disputed an assessment by the ATO and the ATO commenced early action to recover the debt.

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Most small businesses do the right thing by their migrant workforce

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Migrant Workers’ Taskforce Report: Ombudsman says initiatives that help level the playing field for the small businesses doing the right thing by their employees are welcome.

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Ombudsman urges bi-partisan support for SME export opportunities

Monday, March 4, 2019

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell welcomed the Joint Standing Committee report on access to Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) by small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and urged bi-partisan support for key...

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Tax concierge service open to small businesses

Friday, March 1, 2019

Small business taxpayers wanting an external review of an adverse tax decision by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) through the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) will be able to contact the office of the Australian Small Business and Family...

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Contracts with REBL Corp, Digital REBL or Media REBL

Friday, March 1, 2019

The ASBFEO has become aware that businesses trading under the REBL Corp banner may have ceased operating based on media reporting in the Sunshine Coast Daily. If your business has been impacted by this, we encourage you to make contact with our...

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