Media releases


Appointment process underway to identify Australia’s first Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman

I am pleased to announce legislation establishing the first small business and family enterprise ombudsman has received royal assent.

AFR article: Effective competition laws boost growth, trade and investment

Opinion piece which appeared in the Australian Financial Review (AFR) on 1 September 2015

$52,800 funding for NSW Central Coast small businesses

Part of the Abbott Government's plan to make Australia the best place to start and grow a business is ensuring they have access to a range of advice and support.

Heartbeat of economy showcased - 2015 Telstra Business Awards

The heartbeat of the Australian economy was showcased at last night’s 2015 Telstra Australian Business Awards, which recognise outstanding small and medium businesses.

The Small Business & Family Enterprise Ombudsman legislation passes the Senate

I welcome today’s passing of legislation in the Senate to establish an Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman.

Productivity Commission inquiry into Australia's intellectual property arrangements

Today the Treasurer, Joe Hockey, and the Minister for Small Business, Bruce Billson, announced that the Productivity Commission will commence its inquiry into Australia’s intellectual property arra

Statement on making our misuse of market power laws workable, more predictable and more effective

Healthy competition is one of the surest ways to lift long-term productivity growth, incomes, economic prospects and performance.  It drives enterprises to excel and to find new ways to delight cus

Consultation paper on regulatory framework for small proprietary companies and crowd sourced equity funding

The Government is making it easier for small businesses to access the capital they need to grow and thrive by removing obstacles to crowd-sourced equity funding.

Have your say on the Horticulture Code of Conduct

Stakeholders have an opportunity to shape the regulation of Australia's $9.23 billion horticulture sector with the release today of an issues paper to inform the independent review of the mandatory

Deep dive in to fuel pricing in Armidale announced

We welcome the announcement by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) today that Armidale will be the third regional location for its petrol pricing 'deep dive'.

$100 million carbon tax refund to cut council rates and Australia’s emissions

Around $100 million of carbon tax charges will be returned to local councils and be used to help reduce Australia's emissions, as part of a new plan announced today.

Final carbon tax report confirms households saving $550 on average

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC’s) final carbon tax monitoring report confirms households are saving $550 on average per year since the Abbott Government abolished the ha

Updated Business Names registration rules

The Abbott Government has today announced updates to the Business Names registration rules as part of an ongoing commitment to ensuring Australia is a global leader in facilitating small business s

Release of draft legislation - simplifying the car expense deduction rules

The Government is today releasing exposure draft legislation that will simplify and modernise the methods used for calculating work‑related car expense deductions.

Release of draft legislation - Zone Tax Offset changes for fly-in-fly-out workers

Draft legislation to improve the integrity of the Zone Tax Offset is released today for public comment.

$770,000 new funding for Central QLD small business

Entrepreneurs and small businesses in Central Queensland now have access to more advice and support thanks to $770,000 in new Federal Government funding.

Review to ensure national law continues to protect Australian consumers

I am pleased to announce Ministers for Consumer Affairs across Australia have agreed the terms of reference for the first review of the Australian Consumer Law (ACL) since its introduction on 1 Jan

Release of draft legislation for the foreign resident capital gains withholding tax measure

The Government is releasing exposure draft legislation that will introduce a withholding tax obligation to ensure that foreign resident investors comply with Australia’s tax laws.

Jobs in small business surge ahead under the Abbott Government

Statistics released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics on 29 June 2015 revealed the Abbott Government has overseen a period where the number of jobs in small business has increased by 146,000.

Boosting start-ups to energise enterprise

Tomorrow, tax changes to Employee Share Schemes (ESS) begin.