The changes that will help small biz on the road to recovery

- December 7, 2020 3 MIN READ

As small business continues on its pathway to recovery post COVID, there are a number of changes they should be aware of that can benefit them as business owners, writes Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO) Kate Carnell. Small businesses are relieved to be busy again, with restrictions continuing to ease – particularly… Read more »


Kate Carnell: the road to small business recovery

- June 15, 2020 2 MIN READ

Restrictions are finally starting to lift and many small businesses are considering re-opening or ramping up as we enter the recovery phase of the pandemic. It’s a reason for small businesses to feel positive and if they’ve been using the downtime to think about ways of re-inventing their business, now is the time to start… Read more »


Getting back to business after the bushfires

- January 31, 2020 2 MIN READ

Many Australian small businesses, particularly those in bushfire-affected areas, have had a tough start to 2020. The devastation has been unprecedented and we know small businesses are hurting, writes Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell. I’ve been directly involved in the roundtable discussions with the Federal Government, regarding recovery efforts and assistance… Read more »

Business Advice

Kate Carnell’s take on the 2017 Federal Budget

- May 10, 2017 3 MIN READ

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO) is delighted with the extension of the $20,000 instant asset write-off scheme announced in 2017’s Budget and a range of other pro-small business initiatives. ASBFEO Kate Carnell also welcomed moves to hold banks to account and provide better access to justice for small business. She said… Read more »

Business Advice

Small business shouldn’t be a ‘bank for big business’

- April 12, 2017 3 MIN READ

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO) today called on the Australian Government to legislate to set a maximum payment time for big businesses to pay their small business suppliers. The ASBFEO today released findings from its Inquiry into Payment Times and Practices in Australia. The Inquiry found widespread evidence of a growing trend… Read more »