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Ombudsman supports extension of unfair contract terms to insurance

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

ASBFEO Kate Carnell has welcomed draft legislation that extends the unfair contract term regime to insurance contracts, but says more should be done to improve protections for small businesses.

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Ground-breaking Business Funding Guide to help crack credit crunch

Monday, July 29, 2019

An industry-first Business Funding Guide that aims to help tackle the access to funding crisis faced by Australian small businesses has been launched today.

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Ombudsman issues ‘more information’ notice to APRA

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

The ASBFEO Kate Carnell says if the ACCC re-authorises APRA's operations, it should be limited to a year-by-year basis until APRA can be more transparent about its activities.

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Ombudsman to monitor new banking code’s enforcement

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

While the new Banking Code of Practice is an improvement on previous versions, it remains to be seen if it will be effective, the ASBFEO Kate Carnell has said.

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Ombudsman welcomes workplace relations system review

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell has welcomed news the Australian government will take a fresh look at our workplace relations system.

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Small businesses hurt by financial misconduct encouraged to file legacy complaints

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

The ASBFEO Kate Carnell has encouraged eligible small businesses impacted by financial misconduct as far back as 1 January 2008, to lodge a complaint with AFCA.

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Ombudsman welcomes new tax rules for government tender bids

Friday, June 14, 2019

New rules requiring companies to prove they have a clean tax record when tendering for major government contracts is a welcome improvement, the ASBFEO Kate Carnell says.

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Ombudsman welcomes Bill to better protect subcontractors

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

ASBFEO Kate Carnell has welcomed changes to the Small Business Development Corporation Act 1983 tabled by Small Business Minister Paul Papalia in the Western Australian Parliament today.

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