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Independent review confirms value of the ASBFEO

17 August 2017
The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, which was established in March 2016, has welcomed the findings of an independent legislative review into the office.
 
Independent reviews are required under the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Act.
 
The first independent review was led by Ms Su McCluskey, with support from a secretariat provided by the Nous Group.
 
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Competition amendment fairer for small business

16 August 2017

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell, has welcomed the passing of an “effects test”, which reframes Section 46 of the Competition and Consumer Act.

“This levels the playing field for small business and safeguards competition,” Ms Carnell said.

“The legislation will stop large businesses with significant market power from using that power to impact broadly upon a market with adverse consequences for competitors.

“It doesn’t stifle price discounting or loss-leading behaviour.

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Would you like more information on unfair contract terms?

A new law is now in place to help better protect small businesses from unfair terms in ‘Standard Form Contracts’.

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Case studies

Small business measures keep customers happy

Eight years of hard work in a corporate cubicle in London had made Sydneysider Alex Todman crave for the comforts of home and his own small business. He started Zubi at Billy’s at Sydney’s Bilgola beach with two simple things in mind, make incredible coffee for his customers and create a beautiful beachside setting.
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Business struggles, no matter what size, are survivable

Leanne Faulkner’s business started small—for a small person to be exact. In 2004, Leanne developed an all-natural goat’s milk soap to help soothe her young son’s eczema condition. Once other people began to try her handmade Billie Goat Soap, suddenly Leanne found herself overwhelmed with demand. Deciding to pursue soap making as her first small business venture, Leanne started making soap from home and later moved production to a factory.

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Revival of a silver screen icon

Making your passion your profession

David Kilderry’s love of cinema began when his parents built a second story on their house in Reservoir, Victoria; from David’s new bedroom window, he could see the Coburg Drive-In screen.

“It was a little way away, but I could see it and I fell in love with drive-ins then and there,” David recalled.

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