Media Releases

Small business to play crucial role in changing economy

19 December 2013

Small business was high on the agenda at the first meeting of the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Council in Melbourne last night. I was pleased to participate in the Council’s deliberations and discussed with members the need for a renaissance in enterprise inspired by a more supportive and encouraging business eco-system backed by a Government […]

New helpline for Small Business

6 December 2013

Minister for Employment, Senator Eric Abetz and the Minister for Small Business, Bruce Billson today joined the Fair Work Ombudsman to launch a new helpline for small business. We said before the election we would restore confidence in the sector, encourage growth, drive employment and innovation and this delivers on the Coalition’s Policy to Improve […]

Review of competition policy

4 December 2013

The Government will undertake a comprehensive review of competition laws and policy, the first in more than 20 years. The 'root and branch' review delivers on a key election commitment and will help identify ways to build the economy and promote investment, growth and job creation. The competition review will examine not only the current […]

Welcome boost in small business confidence

25 November 2013

The Federal Government has welcomed a new report showing Australian small business confidence rebounding following the election. CPA Australia's fifth annual Asia-Pacific Small Business Survey shows around one in five Australian small businesses expect to employ more people in 2014 and a significant proportion expect to invest in new assets over the next 12 months. […]

‘Fire Wallets’ safety warning issued due to possible asbestos risk

23 November 2013

The Federal Government has issued a Safety Warning Notice to consumers about an asbestos risk associated with a product known as “fire wallets” sold by an eBay trader and at a stall at this year’s Royal Melbourne Show. The Safety Warning Notice also states that fire wallets sold more widely are under investigation to determine […]

Less red tape for business under Paid Parental Leave scheme

21 November 2013

The Federal Government has introduced legislation into the House of Representatives to reduce paperwork and red tape for business under the Paid Parental Leave scheme. Minister for Social Services Kevin Andrews and Minister for Small Business Bruce Billson said the Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2013 would see parental leave pay paid directly […]

Labor misled the public over petrol commissioner: ACCC

20 November 2013

It has been revealed by the head of the ACCC the former Labor Government misled the public on the capability of the ACCC to lower petrol prices and improve competition through a petrol commissioner. Rod Sims told a Senate Estimates hearing in Canberra today that the petrol commissioner was “an unsuccessful policy” that “gave the […]

Government welcomes industry led protection for suppliers

18 November 2013

The Federal Government has welcomed the release of a draft Food and Grocery Code of Conduct by Coles, Woolworths and the Australian Food and Grocery Council to balance out relationships between retailers and suppliers. It's pleasing to see the industry collaboratively working together to achieve an outcome which regulates the way suppliers and retailers interact. […]

Government to start work on clearer petrol price boards for consumers

7 November 2013

Clearer information for motorists when it comes to buying fuel will be worked on by the Federal Government following a meeting of state and territory consumer affairs ministers in Brisbane today. There is sufficient concern that in some parts of the country consumers are being confused by the array of different price boards advertising everything […]

Government to ask consumer agencies to look at surcharges

7 November 2013

The Federal Government will urge consumer agencies to actively monitor credit card provider practices for hidden fees and charges and to develop protocols to more responsively address consumer concerns following the release of a Commonwealth Consumer Affairs Advisory Council (CCAAC) study into Credit card surcharges and non-transparent transaction fees. The Federal Government has also referred […]

90 years on Vegemite is a great story about Australian enterprise

24 October 2013

Small Business Minister Bruce Billson has paid tribute to the founding fathers of Vegemite for their entrepreneurial spirit in getting their product to market at the brand’s 90th birthday celebrations in Port Melbourne today. Vegemite is as unique to Australia as the croissant is to France, the hot dog in the US and spaghetti is […]

Government outlines plans for small business and family enterprise ombudsman

18 October 2013

The Federal Government has started to outline some of its plans to transform the Federal Small Business Commissioner's role into one with real tools and teeth at a meeting of state based commissioners in Melbourne yesterday. We want to create a single entry point for small business to access Federal small business programmes and support, […]

State action overtakes ‘stop gap’ synthetic drug ban

13 October 2013

With all states and territory drug laws now amended to capture dangerous and harmful synthetic drugs, the interim consumer product ban introduced by the Commonwealth has served its purpose. The national interim ban imposed under the Australian Consumer Law was a timely and effective ‘stop gap’ measure while the necessary steps were taken to ensure […]

Court case sends message to unwelcome door-to-door salespeople

11 October 2013

The rights of residents with 'Do Not Knock' stickers as protection against unwelcome door-to-door sales people has been reaffirmed after the ACCC successfully defended their legitimacy in the Federal Court today. The decision means that if a 'Do Not Knock' sticker is ignored unsolicited sellers could face penalties of up to $10,000 for an individual […]

Productivity Commission report on regulator engagement with small business

9 October 2013

The Productivity Commission has released the final report for its research study on Regulator Engagement with Small Business, which examined the way in which different regulators engage with small business. The Minister for Small Business, Bruce Billson, welcomed the report saying it is common knowledge that small businesses feel the burden of regulation more strongly […]

Privacy of home-based businesses protected

25 September 2013

The privacy of home-based businesses using the National Business Names Register will now be protected by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC). Under changes insisted by the Coalition while in Opposition ASIC will now give home-based businesses the option to have their privacy protected by allowing them to register a postal address rather than […]