Media releases

2015

Draft legislation released – unfair contract terms

The Government has today released draft legislation to extend unfair contract term protections to small businesses. 

First consultation roundtable held – Competition Policy Review

The Abbott Government is committed to listening to the views of business and other stakeholders to help shape new policy.

Disaster relief for small businesses

I welcome the disaster relief assistance for small businesses in 12 local government areas jointly announced by the NSW and Australian Governments.

States and territories commit to unfair contract protections

Another key step has been completed in delivering the Abbott Government’s election commitment to ensure a fair go for Australian small businesses by extending unfair contract term protections.

ACCC review of Eastern Australian wholesale gas market

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) will undertake an inquiry into the competitiveness of Eastern Australia’s upstream natural gas market.

Government welcomes Competition Policy Review final report

The Government has today received the Competition Policy Review final report.

More restoring and rebuilding for Australian business

Today the Abbott Government takes yet another step to energise enterprise, to boost our start-up sector and ensure our best talent and ideas stay on our shores.

Protecting small businesses against unfair contract terms

The Commonwealth Government is delivering its commitment to give Australian small businesses a ‘fair go’ by extending the unfair contract protections currently available to consumers to cover the s

Small business encouraged to pursue exporting as figures rise

Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Robb said today that China continues to be the leading market for Australian services exports and was worth $7.5 billion in 2013-2014.

ACCC and food reporting

A duplicate consumer product safety reporting requirement is being removed because it is unnecessary and ineffective when applied to food.

Red tape removal helps energise enterprise

I welcome our 2015 Autumn Repeal Day.

Business, industry and government focussed on turning innovation numbers around

While the findings of the Microsoft report Culturing Success show that only 33 per cent of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) are embracing technology, the Coalition Government, business

Improved tracking of Small and Medium Enterprise progress – OECD Scoreboard

In June 2014, I co-hosted the G20 Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) Conference with the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Encouraging news for small business as commercial lending finance up

I welcome today’s release of the Australian Bureau of Statistics Lending Finance publication, which showed that the seasonally adjusted value of total commercial finance commitments ros

Another step to make everyday easier for small business - the Family Enterprise Ombudsman

The Government has today released exposure draft legislation to establish an Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman.

Google and ACCI unveil plan to help small businesses get online

Google and the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry today announced they are joining forces to help get more small Australian businesses online.

Darwin first for petrol deep dive

In December 2014, the Government gave a direction to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to expand its level of fuel monitoring to undertake “deep dives” into specific geographic m

Andrews Government bad decisions costing small business

Tomorrow marks one hundred days of the Dan Andrews Labor Government. For the hard working small business women and men of Victoria this is no day for celebration.

Women trailblazing small business in Australia

As we approach International Women's Day, I urge all Australians to join me in celebrating the hard work and achievement of women in small businesses across our country.

Minister Billson welcomes retail trade figures

I welcome today's release of the Australian Bureau of Statistics Retail Trade publication, which showed that Australian retail spending rose 0.4 per cent in January 2015 – the fastest rise