Media releases

2014

ACCC fuel monitoring

A new direction has been issued under section 95ZE of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to monitor the prices, costs and

Signing of the historic right to repair Heads of Agreement

Today I am pleased to announce that I witnessed the signing of a Heads of Agreement between participants in the automotive supply and service industry.

Opening doors offshore for our SMES

Small to medium enterprises (SMEs) are the engine room of our country’s economy.

Supporting crowd-sourced equity funding

The Government is committed to creating the right conditions to drive economic growth, support innovation and create jobs by improving Australia's competitiveness.

Support small and shop local

This holiday season is a great opportunity to support small businesses.

Taking care of small business a priority for logging review

An independent review into the impact of the Illegal Logging Prohibition Amendment Regulation 2013 on small business was announced today by the Minister for Small Business, Bruce Billson MP, Parlia

Business set to save $20m with less red tape in the super system

Employers will benefit from $20 million in red tape savings as we further reduce the compliance burden faced by employers when making superannuation contributions for their workers.

Productivity Commission Inquiry into Barriers to Business Entries and Exits

The Treasurer, Joe Hockey, and the Minister for Small Business, Bruce Billson, are pleased to announce a Productivity Commission inquiry into barriers to business entries and exits.

Levelling the playing field for franchising

The Abbott Government has released its improved, updated Franchising Code of Conduct.

Motoring industry back around the table

Today’s roundtable of peak bodies representing the whole of the automotive industry supply and service chain and consumers agreed on an action plan to finalise principles on the sharing of infor

Government cuts more than $2.1 billion of red tape

The Abbott Coalition Government is cutting red tape to make life easier, help small business, strengthen our economy and create jobs.

Advancing Australian Exports

The Export Finance and Insurance Corporation (EFIC) Amendment (Direct Lending and Other Measures) Bill 2014 was introduced into Parliament yesterday.

Reducing red tape burdens for small business

The Coalition Government knows small business is the engine room of the Australian economy and we are committed to reducing the red tape burden the sector faces.

Applications now open for $18 million programme to help small businesses grow

Small business advisory service providers can now apply for funding of up to $200,000 per annum over three years to provide expert advice to small businesses under the Australian Small Business

Encouraging employee share ownership and entrepreneurship

The Government will reform the tax treatment of Employee Share Schemes to bolster entrepreneurship in Australia and support innovative start-up companies.

Energising enterprise: a key focus at the inaugural Small Business Ministers meeting

The importance of small businesses, family enterprises and entrepreneurship to the strength and vitality of the Australian economy was again recognised at a meeting of Federal and State Small Bu

Applications open soon for $18 million Australian Small Business Advisory Services programme

A new funding round will soon open to improve the accessibly, volume and quality of low cost business advisory services available to small businesses and family enterprises as part of the $18 mi

EFIC’s renewed focus on SMEs to boost jobs and growth

Australia’s Export Finance and Insurance Corporation (EFIC) will be refocused to increase its capacity to finance small and medium sized businesses seeking to capitalise on global trade opportuniti

Government welcomes Draft Competition Review

The Abbott Government today welcomed the Harper Competition Review Draft Report.

New safety standard announced to protect children on our roads

The Minister for Small Business, the Hon Bruce Billson, today announced important changes to the mandatory safety standard to increase protection for children travelling in motor vehicles.