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Media releases

2013

Education delivers dividends for franchisees

Australian funded research shows that prospective franchisees who undertake pre-entry education are more likely to enter a franchise agreement.

E-Resource for small business updated

The Australian Government today launched a new version of its highly popular E-resource kit for small businesses at the Small Business Forum in Brisbane.

Government approves LCH.Clearnet Limited to clear over-the-counter (OTC) interest rate derivatives

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer Bernie Ripoll today announced that he has approved the variation of the Clearing and Settlement Facility License (CSFL) of LCH.Clearnet Limited (LCH) to

New loss carry back measures passed by Parliament

More than 110,000 Australian companies will now be able to benefit from a new tax break after the passage of legislation through the Parliament.

New protocol to tackle business late payments

The Australian Government will consult businesses on a new approach to improving small business cash flow and strengthen business relationships.

Seminars on our Clean Energy Future, in everyone's language

A series of seminars is being staged this month to further assist small business people from non-English speaking backgrounds to better understand the assistance available under the Australian Gove

Appointment and reappointments of the part-time Chair of the Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (AUASB) and part-time members of the Financial Reporting Council

I am pleased to announce the appointment and reappointments of the Chair of the Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (AUASB) and part-time members of the Financial Reporting Council (FRC).

Small businesses have 13 days to benefit from new tax reforms this financial year

Australia's 3.2 million small businesses have 13 days left this financial year to make investments in their business that will enable them to access generous tax deductions introduced by the Gillar

Government seeks views on Franchising Code

The Australian Government today announced it is commencing consultation on the recommendations made by the independent Review of the Franchising Code of Conduct.

Government to consult on franchising recommendations

The Australian Government is calling for input and comments from stakeholders, franchisees and franchisors on recommendations made by the review of the franchising code of conduct.

Increased Funding to Improve ASIC Client Contact Centre

As part of the 2013-14 Budget, the Government will provide an additional $7.8m over two years to the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) to improve ASIC's client contact centre

Government approval of variations to the APX

Minister for Financial Services and Superannuation, Bill Shorten and the Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer, Bernie Ripoll today announced that the Gillard Government has approved variatio

Australia Remembers 100 Years of Army Chaplains on ANZAC Day

With the Australian Army Chaplains leading this year's Anzac Day veterans' march in recognition of a century of ministry and pastoral support, it is fitting that they have been recognised on the

Appointments of Deputy Chairman and Member of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission

The Gillard Government is pleased to announce the appointments of Mr Peter Kell as Deputy Chairman of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) for a five-year period from 6 May 2

Bernie Ripoll to attend the Seventh Annual Financial Literacy and Education Summit

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer, Bernie Ripoll MP, will attend the Seventh Annual Financial Literacy and Education Summit in Chicago on 17 April, where he will be a panellist.

Statement about appointment to Parliamentary Secretary for Small Business

I am honoured to have been sworn in today as Parliamentary Secretary for Small Business.

Appointments of President and Members to the Takeovers Panel

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer, Bernie Ripoll, today announced the appointments of a new President and three new members, and the reappointment of 15 existing members, to the Takeover

The Gillard Government encourages Australians to log on to find their lost money

Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer, Bernie Ripoll, encouraged all Australians to log on to MoneySmart website today to find any lost bank accounts they may have forgotten about.

Students get MoneySmart at Ballarat High School

Students in Ballarat will learn to become confident and informed financial consumers through a national program designed to help improve the financial literacy of Australian school students.

Reappointment of part-time member to the Financial Reporting Council

I am pleased to announce the reappointment of Dr Stein Helgeby as a part-time member of the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) for three-year term.