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Payment Time Reporting Bill step in right direction

- September 8, 2020 2 MIN READ

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell has welcomed legislation passed in the Senate to implement the Payment Times Reporting Scheme, requiring big businesses to be transparent about their payment times. Prior to the coronavirus crisis, late payment times were already crippling small businesses. Independent research by East & Partners on behalf… Read more »

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Kate Carnell to lift the lid on insurance companies dirty laundry

- August 3, 2020 2 MIN READ

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell,  has been inundated with complaints from business owners on the ill-treatment they have received from major insurance companies. Carnell says her office has received an avalanche of complaints from business owners since launching her Insurance Inquiry last week into the practices of insurance companies. “My… Read more »

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Small Business Ombudsman launches inquiry into insurance practices

- July 28, 2020 2 MIN READ

Small and family businesses that have faced issues with their insurance companies have a new champion, with the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell launching an inquiry into their practices today. Carnell is concerned about a growing trend of insurance companies denying small businesses insurance and pricing them out of the market.… Read more »

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My Business Health helping small business to recover

- June 29, 2020 < 1 MIN READ

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate  Carnell, says small businesses looking for assistance on the road to recovery post-COVID-19 should head to the My Business Health portal. As businesses emerge from hibernation Carnell says business owners will find valuable information on how to re-open or ramp up their business to make the… Read more »

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New mental health resource for sole traders impacted by covid-19

- May 7, 2020 2 MIN READ

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell has released a free online mental health resource for sole traders, amid alarming predictions of a dramatic rise in Australian suicide rates due to the economic and social impacts of coronavirus. Beyond Blue ambassador and sole trader Garry Mills hosts the short webinar, Chicken Soup… Read more »

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Ombudsman call for support for Business Growth Fund bill

- February 26, 2020 < 1 MIN READ

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell has urged senators to back the Australian Business Growth Fund Bill, saying it will significantly encourage business growth and promote economic expansion. “We strongly support the investment by the Commonwealth in the Australian Business Growth Fund to provide much-needed patient capital to SMEs seeking to… Read more »

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Small businesses called to have their say on payment times

- February 21, 2020 2 MIN READ

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell is encouraging small businesses to have their say on a draft law requiring big businesses to be more transparent about their payment times. Today the federal government opened consultation on the draft Payment Times Reporting Framework legislation that will require businesses with a turnover of… Read more »

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Corporates put on notice for putting the squeeze on small business

- January 30, 2020 2 MIN READ

“Recent reports of big businesses using supply chain finance platforms that use artificial intelligence to calculate the discount a supplier may be willing to accept, are disturbing,” says Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise ombudsman Kate Carnell. Carnell suggests these reverse factoring practices are unfair to small business owners and allows big companies to manipulate… Read more »

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Collective bargaining agreement could cut independent grocers a break

- December 5, 2019 1 MIN READ

A planned collective bargaining agreement for the nations small grocers could prove a gamechanger according to the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell. The ombudsman has come out in support of a proposal by the Co-Operative of Supermarkets in Australia who have called for the option to participate in collective bargaining to… Read more »

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Ombudsman welcomes government’s deregulation agenda

- November 21, 2019 2 MIN READ

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell has welcomed the federal government’s plans to reform the red tape currently inhibiting small business growth. “The next wave of deregulation reform, announced by Prime Minister Scott Morrison, is a step in the right direction to make it easier for small businesses to employ staff… Read more »

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The news you need to know: October 11 2019

- October 10, 2019 2 MIN READ

Have you missed today’s headlines? Never fear. Catch up on the news that matters to small business owners with our daily news briefs. Here’s what you need to know on Friday, October 11, 2019. Small business ombudsman launches insolvency inquiry The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell has announced an inquiry into… Read more »