201503.19

ACCC and food reporting

Thursday 19 March 2015: A duplicate consumer product safety reporting requirement is being removed because it is unnecessary and ineffective when applied to food. The removal of the requirement for this information to be reported to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is the position of Commonwealth and State food safety, public health and…

201503.18

Red tape removal helps energise enterprise

Wednesday 18 March 2015: I welcome our 2015 Autumn Repeal Day. Today further illustrates our Government’s commitment to cutting red tape and ensuring Australia becomes the very best place to build and grow a small business. Our Government knows red tape and unnecessary compliance burden clog up the ability for the hard working women and…

201503.18

Business, industry and Government focussed on turning innovation numbers around

Wednesday 18 March 2015: While the findings of the Microsoft report Culturing Success show that only 33 per cent of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) are embracing technology, the Coalition Government, business and industry are working hard to increase these numbers. The report, which I’m launching tonight and is the second in the Microsoft Joined…

201503.17

Improved tracking of small and medium enterprise progress

Tuesday 17 March 2015: In June 2014, I co-hosted the G20 Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) Conference with the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. A key recommendation from that conference was that Australia should seek to improve its SME data collation to enable our participation in international benchmarking studies and research. We are now…

201503.13

Encouraging news for small business as commercial lending finance up

Friday 13th March 2015: I welcome today’s release of the Australian Bureau of Statistics Lending Finance publication, which showed that the seasonally adjusted value of total commercial finance commitments rose by 13.7 per cent in January 2015, increasing from around $38.5 billion to $43.8 billion. This is good news for Australian business and small business…

201503.13

Tackling Mornington Peninsula youth unemployment

Friday 13 March 2015: Mornington Peninsula has been chosen as one of 11 regions in Australia to be part of a pilot programme aimed at tackling youth unemployment. The Training for Employment Scholarships (TES) is one of two pilot programmes the Commonwealth Government has announced under the Industry Skills Fund – Youth Stream. Under the…

201503.11

Another step to make everyday easier for small business – the Family Enterprise Ombudsman

11 March 2015: The Government has today released exposure draft legislation to establish an Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman. Establishing a Small Business Ombudsman was an election commitment we made to ensure small businesses had an easy access point for advice to avoid and manage disputes. With the Ombudsman in place the hard…

201503.10

Darwin first for petrol deep dive

Joint Press Release with Natasha Griggs, Member for Solomon Tuesday 10 March 2015: In December 2014, the Government gave a direction to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to expand its level of fuel monitoring to undertake “deep dives” into specific geographic markets, specific products or other issues of concern. We welcome today’s announcement that…