News

ASBFEO warns wage increase could stifle business

- March 28, 2019 2 MIN READ

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell has warned Labor’s proposal to move from a minimum wage to a living wage could negatively impact many small businesses. With many small business owners already operating on very low margins, Carnell suggests a wage increase could put their ability to employ staff or even survive as… Read more »

Growth

Small business to get greater access to free trade

- March 4, 2019 < 1 MIN READ

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell has welcomed the Joint Standing Committee report on access to Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) by small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and urged bi-partisan support for key recommendations. The Joint Standing Committee has recommended a ‘single trade window’ to simplify small business access to our free… Read more »

News

Ombudsman welcomes extension of instant asset write off

- January 30, 2019 < 1 MIN READ

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO), Kate Carnell, has welcomed the announcement by the government of the extension of the $20k instant asset tax write-off. The instant asset write-off scheme will now be extended to small businesses until 30 June 2020 with an increase to the write off to include assets purchased… Read more »

News

Last chance to take ASBFEO payment times survey

- November 29, 2018 < 1 MIN READ

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell, is urging small businesses to take the payment times survey before it closes on Friday. Carnell is particularly keen for more representation from small businesses and family enterprises in rural and regional areas. “We know some of the worst payment practices are directed towards rural… Read more »

Finance

Banking code remains unfair to small business says Ombudsman

- October 30, 2018 2 MIN READ

The banking code needs a major overhaul to address unfair treatment of small businesses, according to a submission lodged by the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell, on the interim report of the Banking Royal Commission. “Commissioner Hayne reported that the ‘chief protection for small business borrowers … remains the code’, so unless… Read more »