Media releases

2017

More help for new migrants thanks to small business

NEWLY-arrived migrants will have additional support as they settle in to their new communities, thanks to a small business-led initiative unveiled by Small Business Minister Michael McCormack.

Pacific nations discuss future of coinage with the Royal Australian Mint

The future of coinage will be a hot topic in Canberra this week with key representatives from Central Banks and financial departments of nine Pacific Island nations attending a coinage seminar orga

You can't trust Labor with small business

THERE has never been a better time to do business in Australia, according to Small Business Minister Michael McCormack.

Consumer Affairs Forum delivers for consumers

CONSUMERS were put front and centre at the Legislative and Governance Forum on Consumer Affairs (CAF) today in Melbourne delivering higher penalties for breaches of consumer law, and action on tick

Consumer safety, protection a central focus

ACTIONS to protect consumers and increase safety are top of the Federal Government’s agenda at the Consumer Affairs Ministers’ meeting this week, Small Business Minister Michael McCormack says.

Just the ticket: Government taking action to protect consumers

TICKET scalping and reselling will be the focus of discussions at this week's Consumer Affairs Ministers' meeting in Melbourne says Small Business Minister Michael McCormack.

Celebrating small business in Melbourne’s suburbs

FAIRER competition laws for small business, tax cuts and an extension to the popular $20,000 instant asset write-off programme underscore the small business support from the Federal Government, Sma

Small business, consumers central in transition to dispute resolution

DISPUTE resolution for small business and consumers is central in the new expert reference panel to assist the transition to a one-stop-shop for financial and superannuation disputes – the Australi

Ombudsman making a real difference for small business

THE Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman has made a significant contribution to Australia’s 3.2 million small businesses and family enterprises, a review released by Small Busi

Fairer deal for small business secured

FAIRER competition laws for small business passed the Parliament last night, levelling the playing field so small businesses can compete, Small Business Minister Michael McCormack says.

Urgent consumer action: Please check if your car has a Takata "Alpha" airbag

Minister for Small Business Michael McCormack and Minister for Urban Infrastructure Paul Fletcher are warning drivers to act immediately if they have certain Honda, Toyota, Nissan, BMW and Lexus ve

Takata airbags recall – comprehensive report released on recall campaign status

The Government has today released a comprehensive report from the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development on the progress and current status of the Takata airbag recall program. 

McCormack to Labor: let’s work together to actually level the playing field for small business

LABOR Senators have today one-by-one cried crocodile tears for small business but if they are genuinely interested in levelling the playing field they should back in the Government’s changes to Sec

Yamaha recall: Youth Quad Bike – Raptor 90

YAMAHA Motor Australia has issued a recall for its Raptor 90 youth quad bikes following the detection of asbestos in the brake shoes, Minister for Small Business Michael McCormack says.

Safety warning notice issued: Takata airbags

SMALL Business Minister Michael McCormack has today issued a Safety Warning Notice to warn consumers of the possible risks presented by the use of vehicles fitted with Takata airbags.

Consumer Ministers to consider retirement villages

RETIREMENT villages and recent allegations of unfair practises will be discussed at a meeting of State and Territory Consumer Affairs Ministers, Small Business Minister Michael McCormack has announ

Takata Airbags Recall – Turnbull Government demands urgent answers from vehicle manufacturers

The Turnbull Government is demanding urgent answers from vehicle manufacturers about their program to recall vehicles which include potentially faulty Takata airbags, following the recent tragic de

Excise refund scheme for distillers

The Turnbull Government has delivered on its 2016-17 Budget commitment to provide targeted support to small Australian alcohol producers who distil or ferment alcoholic drinks.

Celebrating small business across Tasmania

THE Commonwealth and Tasmanian Governments have celebrated the efforts of the State’s small businesses to create local jobs and provide local services following Small Business Week.

Jobs focus in Tassie small biz talks

THE lowest small business tax rate in many decades will help Tasmania’s small businesses grow and create jobs, local Senator Eric Abetz said.