Media releases


Labor blocks Government’s attempt to save business from $44 million red-tape burden

Labor proved today they just don't get business and have no understanding of how unnecessary costs adversely impact on jobs and business viability.

Government welcomes new ACCI chief

I warmly welcome the appointment of Kate Carnell to the position of Chief Executive Officer at the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI).

Risk assessment into ‘fire wallets’ released

An investigation into the asbestos risk of ‘fire wallets’ sold by an eBay trader and at a stall at last year’s Royal Melbourne Show has found handling the items poses a negligible health risk.

ACCC to keep a close eye on prices before carbon tax is axed

The consumer watchdog will start monitoring electricity and gas prices to establish a baseline price, ensuring that customers, both business and consumers, are not charged higher prices once the ca

Government to keep a close eye on misuse of market power case

The Federal Government will keep a close eye on the ACCC’s case against Pfizer for its alleged misuse of market power ahead of an independent ‘root and branch’ review of competition law.

Productivity Commission’s final report on National Access Regime released

The Federal Government today released the final report of the Productivity Commission’s inquiry into the National Access Regime (‘the Regime’).

Government sets about restoring ACCC budget

The Federal Government is continuing to tackle the heavy challenge of Labor’s debt and deficit legacy this time turning its attention to addressing the dire financial position of the Australian Com

Life made easier for small business

The Federal Government has moved to make life easier for small business, taking the first step to reduce the compliance burden employers’ face when making superannuation contributions for their wor


Small business to play crucial role in changing economy

Small business was high on the agenda at the first meeting of the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Council in Melbourne last night.

New helpline for Small Business

Minister for Employment, Senator Eric Abetz and the Minister for Small Business, Bruce Billson today joined the Fair Work Ombudsman to launch a new helpline for small business.

Review of competition policy

The Government will undertake a comprehensive review of competition laws and policy, the first in more than 20 years.

Welcome boost in small business confidence

The Federal Government has welcomed a new report showing Australian small business confidence rebounding following the election.

'Fire Wallets' safety warning issued due to possible asbestos risk

The Federal Government has issued a Safety Warning Notice to consumers about an asbestos risk associated with a product known as “fire wallets” sold by an eBay trader and at a stall at this year’s

Less red tape for business under Paid Parental Leave scheme

The Federal Government has introduced legislation into the House of Representatives to reduce paperwork and red tape for business under the Paid Parental Leave scheme.

Labor misled the public over petrol commissioner: ACCC

It has been revealed by the head of the ACCC the former Labor Government misled the public on the capability of the ACCC to lower petrol prices and improve competition through a petrol commissioner

Government welcomes industry led protection for suppliers

The Federal Government has welcomed the release of a draft Food and Grocery Code of Conduct by Coles, Woolworths and the Australian Food and Grocery Council to balance out relationships between ret

Government to start work on clearer petrol price boards for consumers

Clearer information for motorists when it comes to buying fuel will be worked on by the Federal Government following a meeting of state and territory consumer affairs ministers in Brisbane today.

Government to ask consumer agencies to look at surcharges

The Federal Government will urge consumer agencies to actively monitor credit card provider practices for hidden fees and charges and to develop protocols to more responsively address consumer conc

90 years on Vegemite is a great story about Australian enterprise

Small Business Minister Bruce Billson has paid tribute to the founding fathers of Vegemite for their entrepreneurial spirit in getting their product to market at the brand’s 90th birthday celebrati

Government outlines plans for small business and family enterprise ombudsman

The Federal Government has started to outline some of its plans to transform the Federal Small Business Commissioner's role into one with real tools and teeth at a meeting of state based commission