unpaid work: womna wearing rubber gloves with a cleaning cloth - cleans a kicthen bench
Opinion

Unpaid work the hidden enemy of economic equality

- March 7, 2024 3 MIN READ

For Australia to truly accelerate progress to economic equality, it needs to look closely at the unpaid work forces that are holding women back, writes Bianca Hartge-Hazelman, founder of Financy. The latest Financy Women’s Index (FWX), which helps us contextualise the state of economic equality in Australia, tells us that progress went backwards in 2023… Read more »

insurance: are you covered written on sand.
Opinion

The small business insurance crisis: why the ASBFEO says an alternative is needed!

- January 10, 2024 3 MIN READ

Many small and family businesses say their biggest and most pressing cost pressure is not wages, energy or even landlords putting up the rent; it’s insurance, writes Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Bruce Billson. Finding adequate insurance cover at commercially viable terms is fast becoming a wicked challenge that is, sadly, in too many… Read more »

bank branch close sign
Opinion

Bank closures are breaking trust and leaving rural and regional business out in the cold

- December 12, 2023 3 MIN READ

When a bank leaves town, often all that’s left is a boarded-up building. But it can have a shocking effect on businesses, jobs, liveability and prosperity explains Australian Small Business and Family enterprise Ombudsman, Bruce Billson. The Australian Banking Association is updating its bank closure protocol, but I find it laughable in that it implies… Read more »

Optus outage
Opinion

Reliable communication is an essential service, Optus needs to be held accountable

- November 14, 2023 2 MIN READ

Telecommunications companies talk a big game about how their services are so important for the vitality of small businesses when they’re trying to sign them up as customers, but what happens when things go wrong? Where is the accountability? asks Bruce Billson, Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman. So when things go wrong, as… Read more »

business risk and reward
Opinion

Risk and reward: The small business balancing act

- October 10, 2023 4 MIN READ

Small and family business owners are increasingly shouldering more risk for less reward as compounding regulations and economic challenges hit businesses and profitability, writes Bruce Billson, Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman. Data recently released by my office showed that 43 per cent of small businesses didn’t make a profit in the last full… Read more »