Media releases

2014

Improved regulations for wheat exports: mandatory code announced

The Australian Government has today released the mandatory port access code of conduct for bulk wheat exports, which will assist farmers and exporters to access the infrastructure that del

Government moves to strengthen ACCC’s powers to enforce Franchising Code of Conduct

The Abbott Government has passed legislation to increase compliance and reduce disputes in the Franchise sector with franchisors and franchisees who breach the new Franchising Code of Conduct facin

Showcasing Australia’s Small Business capabilities to China and Singapore

Growing Australia’s small business exports will be top of the agenda during meetings in Singapore and China to be led by Minister for Small Business Bruce Billson this week.

Infinity cables recall

The Abbott Government welcomes the constructive work of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and the regulatory taskforce in reaching an agreement on the recall of electrica

Small business assistance to be strengthened

A new way for small businesses to interact with the Commonwealth is set to be established to make it easier for the sector to access assistance.

Consumer Price Index - June Quarter 2014

Consumer prices rose by 0.5 per cent in the June quarter, according to the Consumer Price Index (CPI) released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics this morning.

Fines to be introduced for breaches of industry codes

The Abbott Government has moved to give the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) more powers to allow it to apply fines to businesses which breach prescribed industry codes.

Small business key to G20’s growth target

Australian and international SME leaders have recommended entrepreneurship should be integrated into the G20 target to boost growth by 2 per cent over the next five years.

Small Business Helpline receives 100,000 calls

Minister for Employment, Senator Eric Abetz, said the Fair Work Ombudsman's Small Business helpline, a Coalition Government election commitment, has received more than 100,000 calls since it was es

New science precinct to boost Australian research

A new precinct that will boost research standards and help address national science skills shortages was officially opened at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra.

Billson visits Melbourne's first Indigenous Vocational Training and Employment Centre

Indigenous job seekers and small businesses will benefit from a new vocation and training centre in Melbourne which will provide 250 guaranteed jobs for Indigenous Australians who complete the nece

A new era for Australian industry and small business

A new era for industry development in Australia has begun today, focussing on new investment, jobs growth, and new opportunities for Australian entrepreneurs.

New online tool makes it easier for small businesses to find dispute resolution services

Small businesses in a dispute are set to benefit from the launch today of Dispute Support, a new online dispute resolution information and referral tool.

Changes to tax system drives $56m in red-tape savings for small business

The Abbott Government will reduce compliance costs for taxpayers by $56 million a year by making changes to the way tax obligations are met and reported.

State and Territory Ministers support unfair contract extension

Australian State and Territory Ministers have thrown their support behind an extension of unfair contract term protections to small business at a meeting today in Cairns.

$48m in red-tape savings passes the House

Businesses of all sizes and the not-for-profit sector are one step closer to securing $48 million in red-tape savings after the Federal Government successfully passed the Paid Parental Leave Am

Government payments to small business report released

The number of invoices paid on time to small business by Commonwealth departments and agencies declined slightly in the 2012-13 financial year as revealed in the Australian Government Payments to S

Awards to celebrate our brilliant local business women

The Minister for Small Business, the Hon Bruce Billson, and the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash are encouraging the community to celebrate brilliant

Ministers agree to push for small business protections

The Federal Government has moved on its election commitment to extend unfair contract term protections from consumers to small businesses, releasing a discussion paper with state and territory c

Small business to benefit from new Commonwealth contracting arrangements

A new unit will be set up to provide specialist advice on contracts and to ensure small businesses are not disadvantaged as part of Commonwealth Departments tendering and procurement processes.