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New research shows payment times biggest cause of disputes for small business

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

New research has found that small businesses in Australia are paying more than $130,000 to resolve a dispute through formal pathways; double the cost of a decade ago.

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Ombudsman welcomes new dispute resolution function

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

New function for the office of the ASBFEO; assisting with disputes that fall under Franchising, Horticulture and Oil Codes of Conduct.

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Grants open for small business cyber security health checks

Monday, December 3, 2018

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell welcomed the commencement of the grants process for small businesses to access cyber security testing, under the Cyber Security Small Business Program.

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Small businesses to get fair hearing on ATO disputes

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Ombudsman Kate Carnell welcomed the announcement last night by the Prime Minister to fund a Small Business Concierge Service in her office to support small businesses with their Australian Taxation Office (ATO) disputes.

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Confusion reigns: Australian Business Securitisation Fund explained

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

There is much confusion and misinformation in the media on how the $2 billion Australian Business Securitisation Fund will provide a source of wholesale funds for smaller lenders at interest rates comparable to rates available to the major banks and...

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Call to rural and regional small businesses: take our payment times survey

Monday, November 26, 2018

The Australian Small Business and Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell has called for small businesses and family enterprises in rural and regional areas to fill in the payment times survey this week, before it closes on Friday afternoon.

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White Ribbon Day: Family domestic violence fact sheet for small businesses released

Friday, November 23, 2018

In recognition of White Ribbon Day today, the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell has released a Fast Fact on domestic family violence for small businesses.

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Big wins for smaller end of town: Ombudsman

Thursday, November 22, 2018

“The announcement by the Prime Minister last night to ensure large businesses pay small to medium enterprises (SMEs) within 20 days as a condition of future government contracts is a major win for the SME sector,” the Australian Small Business and...

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