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Most sole traders wish they had more support – here’s how to get it

One is the loneliest number – but it doesn’t have to be. Building your support networks when you’re a solopreneur is a boon for business and your mental health. Australia is a nation of self-starters, with ‘solopreneurs’ accounting for a whopping 62.8 per cent of our country’s small businesses. We have an unquenchable thirst to

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Ombudsman sounds alarm for small businesses as debt to ATO soars

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell has urged the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) to refrain from returning to heavy-handed tactics, with collection action expected to ramp up as debts owed hit a record high. Ms Carnell says she is concerned small businesses may be subjected to the harsh debt recovery actions

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75% of NSW has downloaded the state’s COVID check-in app

The NSW Government’s Service NSW app has been downloaded more than four million times, approximately 75% of NSW’s adult population. The app has been used by patrons across the state for more than 117 million COVID Safe check-ins. Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the technology has been a game changer for businesses and customers during the pandemic,

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New law ensuring faster outcomes for injured workers

New laws introduced to Parliament today will ensure workers’ compensation disputes are resolved in a more timely and efficient way – helping people get back to work as soon as they can. The Andrews Labor Government’s Workplace Injury Rehabilitation and Compensation Amendment (Arbitration) Bill 2021 allows the Accident Compensation Conciliation Service (ACCS) to hear and make binding

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How to grow your business with help from the JobMaker Hiring Credit

Businesses that are creating new positions and employing young Australians may be eligible for a new wage subsidy called the JobMaker Hiring Credit, paid by the ATO. Employers that are increasing both their headcount and payroll can receive up to $10,400 per year for each new job they fill with an eligible employee aged 16 to

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Justice for franchisee victims as Federal Court rules against Megasave

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell has welcomed a Federal Court ruling that Megasave Couriers Australia Pty Ltd (Megasave) misled prospective franchisees. Ms Carnell applauded the ACCC for taking action against Megasave, following a number of franchisee complaints to the Ombudsman’s office. “I congratulate the ACCC for bringing proceedings against Megasave,”

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WA program to streamline obtaining business licences and permits from local government

The SBDC’s Small Business Friendly Approvals Program has commenced, with Small Business Commissioner David Eaton meeting with representatives from the Cities of Melville, Rockingham and Wanneroo to congratulate them on their local government’s selection to round one of the program. The Approvals Program aims to streamline the process of obtaining business licences and trading permits from local government authorities. It is part

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Queensland launches simple wage-recovery system

Ripped-off Queensland workers will have an easier, cheaper way to recover the wages and other entitlements they’re owed. Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace said a new quick, simple and low-cost wages recovery system would be in place from Monday (1 March). “The new streamlined process means all Queensland workers who’ve been underpaid can recover what

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Small business owners snapping up Victoria’s free mentoring program

The Andrews Labor Government’s Business Recovery and Resilience Mentoring program has allowed businesses to step back from the coalface and gain advice on digital opportunities, preparing and implementing business plans, improving time management, identifying new opportunities and rethinking marketing strategies. More than 730 businesses have benefitted from 3,300 hours of one-on-one professional mentoring, with the program open

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New ‘Check In Qld’ app makes life easier for small businesses

A new, free, check-in app which makes it much easier for Queensland’s hospitality businesses and their customers to stay COVID safe rolls out statewide from today. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the Check In Qld app has been extensively trialled over the last few weeks and has come out tops. “It simplifies compliance with Public Health Directions for

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Austrade Approved Business Events
AVAILABLE NOW APPLY BEFORE 30th MARCH 2021 (Condition apply)

  • ABF Events are approved and listed below have been certified by Austrade on the Schedule of Approved Business Events.
  • This allows exhibitors, sponsors, delegates and partners to participate in the Business Events Grant Program. Note event bookings need to be confirmed ASAP to participate in the grant program
  • The program provides 50% rebate (based on a minimum spend of $20k) for approved items including ABF event-media packages, exhibition stands, corporate function tables, delegate registrations.
  • Govt Grant applications are now open until the 30 March. Please contact ABF to discuss how we can assist, we have experts to assist grant applications.
  • Grant funding will cover up to 50% of eligible expenditure incurred in participating at pre-approved business-to-business events as buyers or sellers during the 2021 calendar year.  All grant applications must be submitted for approval via the following link: https://business.gov.au/grants-and-programs/business-events-grants
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