$1.2 billion wage subsidy for trainees and apprentices can bolster retailers bottom lines

The Morrison Government will invest an additional $1.2 billion to support Australian businesses to employ 100,000 new apprentices or...

The Morrison Government will invest an additional $1.2 billion to support Australian businesses to employ 100,000 new apprentices or trainees as part of the COVID-19 economic recovery plan. Starting 5 October 2020, businesses who take on a new Australian apprentice will be eligible for a 50 per cent wage subsidy,...

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Payroll tax a good start, but more required to support small business

The National Retail Association (NRA) has today acknowledged payroll tax relief as a good start, but urged the state...

The National Retail Association (NRA) has today acknowledged payroll tax relief as a good start, but urged the state government to provide further assistance to help struggling small business. NRA CEO Dominque Lamb said that the package contained some worthwhile measures, but any second-round stimulus package from the state government...

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Stimulus responses targeted, measured and scalable for small business

Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business Senator for Western Australia   $17.6 billion stimulus package -...

Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business Senator for Western Australia   $17.6 billion stimulus package - assistance available to small businesses COVID-19 is having a significant impact on the Australian economy. The Government has moved quickly to put in place health measures to protect the Australian community from...

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Brisbane small businesses to expect $6.6 million fee cuts if LNP re-elected on March 28

In a media release sent out Wednesday, 26 February, Brisbane Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner unveiled plans to assist the...

In a media release sent out Wednesday, 26 February, Brisbane Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner unveiled plans to assist the faltering small business sector should the LNP administration be re-elected this March.   Under this administration,  Brisbane would see the following investments in small business: Slash payment terms for small businesses supplying...

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Message from the CEO: 28 January 2020

It’s hard to believe that we’re already almost one month into 2020, proof there certainly is no rest for...

It’s hard to believe that we’re already almost one month into 2020, proof there certainly is no rest for those in retail! Many headlines continue to be devoted to the tough time that retail has experienced in the last 12 months and the number of brands that have collapsed. As...

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The big future of small business

By Stephen Rue, NBN Co Chief Executive Officer Small business is truly the backbone of Australia’s economy. Businesses with fewer...

By Stephen Rue, NBN Co Chief Executive Officer Small business is truly the backbone of Australia’s economy. Businesses with fewer than 20 employees employ nearly half (46 percent) of the Australian workforce, and contribute a third (35 percent) of Australia’s GDP. While increased connectivity, affordability and the cloud have...

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Immediate small business support for bushfire affected communities

The Prime Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business have announced updates to the small business...

The Prime Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business have announced updates to the small business support packages for bushfire affected communities.   In response to the devastating bushfires, the Morrison Government has today announced a comprehensive suite of measures to immediately support impacted small businesses. This initial package responds to the needs...

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New grants available for Queensland Small Business Week 2019

Media Release Minister for Employment and Small Business and Minister for Training and Skills Development The Honourable Shannon Fentiman   Small businesses will...

Media Release Minister for Employment and Small Business and Minister for Training and Skills Development The Honourable Shannon Fentiman   Small businesses will be encouraged to host events during this year’s Queensland Small Business Week (QSBW) held from May 27-31. Minister for Employment and Small Business Shannon Fentiman announced the opening of the new...

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Message from the CEO – 5 February 2019

Running and operating a small business comes with many challenges - ensuring you have the right balance in staff...

Running and operating a small business comes with many challenges - ensuring you have the right balance in staff numbers, understanding Australia’s complex industrial relations system, and navigating tough economic times to name just a few. That’s why it’s vital that governments (at all levels) enact measures that make running...

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Calling all smb owners: give yourself some time back

Written by Paige Poignand-Smith, News Xtend As a small to medium-sized business owner, you probably fill a number of roles...

Written by Paige Poignand-Smith, News Xtend As a small to medium-sized business owner, you probably fill a number of roles in a day to ensure that your business runs like a well-oiled machine, and often find yourself quite time poor. Each day involves checking your emails, swiftly moving on to delegating...

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Back your backyard – American Express launches Shop Small this November

Returning this November for its sixth year, Shop Small shines the spotlight on the importance of small businesses and...

Returning this November for its sixth year, Shop Small shines the spotlight on the importance of small businesses and encourages Australians to walk through their doors. It reminds people that if they value small businesses and want to see them thrive, they need to support them. American Express has marked...

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Fair Work Commission announces action plan to assist small business employers

By Sooraj Sidhu and Lindsay Carroll, NRA Legal Yesterday, the Fair Work Commission’s (FWC) president Iain Ross responded to reports...

By Sooraj Sidhu and Lindsay Carroll, NRA Legal Yesterday, the Fair Work Commission’s (FWC) president Iain Ross responded to reports commissioned last year, which urged the establishment of a ‘Small Business Division’ of the Fair Work Commission and the reduction of red tape associated with unfair dismissal and adverse action...

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Retailers reject union boss’s demands that would cripple small business

The National Retail Association (NRA) has today rejected the policy package outlined by ACTU secretary Sally McManus at the...

The National Retail Association (NRA) has today rejected the policy package outlined by ACTU secretary Sally McManus at the National Press Club today, saying it would cripple small business. In her address, Ms. McManus took specific aim at employers hiring casual workers and attacked the independent Fair Work Commission (FWC). NRA...

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ASBFEO Releases Small Business Cyber Security Guide

By Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman A Cyber Security Best Practice Guide has been developed to help busy...

By Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman A Cyber Security Best Practice Guide has been developed to help busy small business operators understand the risks and how to prevent cyber attacks. The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman published the guide after research showed 60 per cent of small...

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Lack of written warnings leads to unfair dismissal ruling

by Sid Sidhu and Troy Wild Ashley Duddington v Mario and Clara Enterprises Pty Ltd and Morgan Trading Pty Ltd...

by Sid Sidhu and Troy Wild Ashley Duddington v Mario and Clara Enterprises Pty Ltd and Morgan Trading Pty Ltd FWC 2958 Small business employers (employing less than 15 employees) are reminded by a recent case before the Fair Work Commission (FWC) to use the Small Business Dismissal Code (the...

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South Australia’s small business budget

According to a statement released by Small Business, Investment and Trade Minister Martin Hamilton-Smith, operators and employees in South...

According to a statement released by Small Business, Investment and Trade Minister Martin Hamilton-Smith, operators and employees in South Australia’s Small to Medium Business sector play a key role in transforming the local economy and the sector is a big winner in the 2017-18 State Budget handed down on...

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