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Ombudsman calls for 30-day payment times to be legislated

Monday, April 20, 2020

The ASBFEO Kate Carnell has called for federal legislation requiring small businesses to be paid in 30 days, amid a fresh wave of big businesses using the COVID-19 crisis as an excuse for poor payment times.

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Access to credit critical to small business survival: Ombudsman

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell has welcomed the federal government’s decision to provide some non-bank lenders with access to the COVID-19 SME Guarantee Scheme.

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JobKeeper to help small businesses survive Coronavirus crisis

Thursday, April 9, 2020

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell has welcomed legislation that will see thousands of small businesses receive the JobKeeper payment from early May.

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My Business Health boosted to support small businesses through Coronavirus crisis

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Small businesses struggling to cope with the COVID-19 crisis do not have to suffer alone, with the new and improved My Business Health offering holistic support to employers and sole traders.

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Mandatory commercial tenancy code opens door to rent negotiation

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

The ASBFEO Kate Carnell says the mandatory Commercial Tenancy Code paves the way for small businesses to negotiate some rent relief with their landlords.

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COVID-19 not an excuse to delay paying small businesses: Ombudsman

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell says she’s disappointed by reports of big businesses using COVID-19 as an excuse to delay payments to their small business suppliers.

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JobKeeper package a survival kit for small businesses

Monday, March 30, 2020

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell has welcomed the $130 billion JobKeeper package announced by the federal government today.

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New SME mental health support service a life-saving initiative

Sunday, March 29, 2020

The ASBFEO Kate Carnell says the new dedicated coronavirus mental health support service for SMEs announced by the federal government today, is a ‘life-saving’ initiative.

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