Upgraded Ballam Park athletics track opens

8 March 2015: Ballam Park Athletics Centre has received a significant boost with the official opening of its resurfaced synthetic athletics track. Member for Dunkley Bruce Billson today opened the resurfaced track and unveiled the commemorative plaque. “This project delivers on one of my 2013 election commitments to maintain the track’s status as the best…


Women trailblazing small business in Australia

7 March 2015: As we approach International Women’s Day, I urge all Australians to join me in celebrating the hard work and achievement of women in small businesses across our country. 93.3 percent of Australian women business operators are working in small business and current data suggests the number of women business owners is increasing…


International market insights available to small business

6 March 2015: I welcome the announcement of my colleague Minister Andrew Robb, of the inaugural release of Business Envoy – a new publication for small businesses that are interested in exporting, importing and operating globally. Business Envoy is a great way for small businesses to stay informed about the geopolitical developments that impact their…


Minister welcomes retail trade figures

Thursday 5 March 2015: I welcome today’s release of the Australian Bureau of Statistics Retail Trade publication, which showed that Australian retail spending rose 0.4 per cent in January 2015 – the fastest rise in three months. The figures are encouraging news for Australia’s 127 000 small businesses operating in the retail sector. The biggest…


Small business and the Intergenerational Report

Thursday 05 March 2015: With over 4.5 million Australians employed in small businesses, today’s release of the Intergenerational Report marks an important day for the hard working, enterprising women and men of small business. The Intergenerational Report shows us where we have come from as a nation and where we are now in an economic…


Upgrade to Bridge Over Kananook Creek

Wednesday 4 March 2015: The Bridge over Kananook Creek, Seaford will be significantly upgraded thanks to a $433,000 Commonwealth Government contribution. The funding will be used by VicRoads to strengthen the two lane concrete bridge with overlay, making it safer and more reliable. Situated on the busy and popular Seaford Road that links the Frankston…


Helping businesses resolve customer disputes

Wednesday 04 March 2015: Effectively resolving customer disputes in-house benefits both businesses and consumers because it can remove the need for costly, drawn out litigation. Today I released the Commonwealth Consumer Affairs Advisory Council (CCAAC) Review of Benchmarks for Industry-based Customer Dispute Resolution. The review found benchmarks for industry-based customer dispute resolution schemes are working….


Transcript – ABC 612 Brisbane – Food and Grocery Code of Conduct

Tuesday, 3 March 2015 E&OE……………………………………………… STEVE AUSTIN: Bruce Billson is the Federal Minister for Small Business, Minister good morning to you. What does the Food and Grocery Code of Conduct actually cover? BRUCE BILLSON: Basically it puts an obligation on the supermarket chains to have grocery supply agreements in writing. Not too much to ask….