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21 November 2019

Deregulation Agenda to reduce burden on small business

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell has welcomed the federal government’s new measures announced as part of its Deregulation Agenda and looks forward to working closely with the taskforce on its key priorities.  

“The next wave of deregulation reform, announced by Prime Minister Scott Morrison, is a step in the right direction to make it easier for small businesses to employ staff and invest in growth,” Ms Carnell says.

“A new online checklist providing small business employers with a guide to employing their first worker, along with a commitment to developing a new prototype ‘regtech’ platform, is encouraging.

“While this may assist small businesses in hiring a staff member, the industrial award system itself remains highly complex and fluid for small business owners to navigate.

“Small and family businesses are crying out for a simplified system, so they can get on with the job of growing their business.

“That’s why my office is calling on the government to develop an algorithm for each relevant award to be integrated into accounting software to make it easier for small and family businesses to pay wages and entitlements correctly and on time.

“The next logical move would be to clarify the Small Business Fair Dismissal Code, to give small and family businesses the confidence they need to employ more Australians.

“We’ve provided the government with our Review of the Small Business Fair Dismissal Code, which recommends a suite of changes to help small business employers meet their obligations.

“It’s also critical the government consults widely as part of the deregulation process, which my office is ready to play an active role in, so the small business community is part of these important discussions that affect them directly.

“Of particular interest is the government’s plan to deal with the degree of regulatory complexity, the length of time for approvals and duplication across levels of government.

“This has the potential to be a game-changer for Australia’s 2.3 million small businesses and family enterprises.

“We will continue to work with the government to achieve the best possible outcomes for the small business sector.”