Media releases

2015

Small business and the Intergenerational Report

With over 4.5 million Australians employed in small businesses, today's release of the Intergenerational Report marks an important day for the hard working, enterprising women and men of small busi

Helping businesses resolve customer disputes

Effectively resolving customer disputes in-house benefits both businesses and consumers because it can remove the need for costly, drawn out litigation.

Grocery Code to improve relationships between retailers, wholesalers and suppliers

The Government has moved to ensure fair and transparent commercial dealings between retailers, wholesalers and suppliers in the Australian grocery sector by creating a Food and Grocery Code of Cond

Small business views can help improve training

I join my colleague Assistant Minister Simon Birmingham in urging Australian employers to take part in the Survey of Australian Employers being conducted by the National Centre for Vocational Ed

Improving market access for small exporters

I welcome the announcement by my colleague Minister Barnaby Joyce, of more than $

Australian Small Business Advisory Services Programme

I am pleased to announce the names of the 34 successful applicants to be offered $17,243,425 over the next three years under the Australian Small Business Advisory Service (ASBAS) Programme Busines

Consumer sentiment continues to rise

I welcome today’s release of the Westpac-Melbourne Institute Index of Consumer Sentiment. It is positive for our economy to see this rise of 8.0 percent in February 2015.

Interest rate cut - Opportunities for small business

The interest rate cut by the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) provides significant opportunities for Australian small business.

Government step closer to crowd source equity funding model

The Commonwealth Government is a step closer to the development of a crowd sourced equity funding (CSEF) model, to make sure we are creating the best environment to create jobs and increase product

ACCC's carbon monitoring report for December 2014 quarter

I have received the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s latest carbon monitoring report.

CPI outcome encouraging for small business

Today's Consumer Price Index (CPI) outcome is encouraging news for small businesses in Australia.

Federal funding for entrepreneurs part of small business plan

Thriving, innovative small and medium businesses are key to the Commonwealth Government's plan to build a secure, strong economy and create jobs.

Manjimup businesses invited to meet Minister for Small Business

Manjimup small and medium business owners are invited to meet Minister for Small Business, The Hon.

Board of Tax report on tax and small business

Small business is the engine room of the economy and a key driver of jobs growth in Australia.

ACCI investor confidence survey - a reminder of the work that must be done

The results of today’s ACCI Survey of Investor Confidence are a timely reminder that when it comes to building our economic future, we can no longer afford to just “set and forget” in the traditi

Statement on the Victorian Construction Code Compliance Unit

As Federal Minister for Small Business, I am committed to ensuring Australia becomes the best place to grow and build a business.

Employee Share Scheme unleashing enterprise

The Government is committed to supporting innovation and creating the right conditions for Australian entrepreneurs.

Statement on current fuel price disparity

I have listened to the concerns of Australian consumers and business regarding the mysteries of fuel pricing.

2014

Small Business Helpline hits 150,000 in just one year

The Fair Work Ombudsman’s Small Business helpline has received more than 150,000 calls since it was established in December last year.

Bernie Ripoll and Labor misleading small business

Labor has again resorted to its old tactic of trickery and scaremongering rather than doing anything positive to support Australian small businesses.