14 November 2022

Business Basics Grants update

Opening soon: Business Basics Grants program - Round 4 

The Queensland Government is continuing to show its support for the small business sector with the launch of Round 4 of the $5 million Business Basics Grant program. 

CBR Business Update

Goterra’s innovative solution to food waste

Canberra start-up business, Goterra, founded by ACT Australian of the year Olympia Yarger, is an example of the circular economy in action, managing many ACT businesses' organic waste, diverting over six tonnes of organic waste from landfill each week and reducing greenhouse gases.

BCCC 2021-2022 Annual Report

The year has been one of both reflection and important action for the Banking Code Compliance Committee (BCCC).

Australia Post's price increase for letters not opposed

The ACCC does not object to Australia Post’s draft proposal to increase the price of its reserved ordinary letter service by 9.1 per cent.

Councils should back cuts to red tape

NSW Farmers CEO Pete Arkle has criticised environmental politics holding up rebuilding efforts across the state, saying we need less talk, more action.

Telcos to pay a total of $33.5 million for misleading statements about NBN maximum speeds

Australia's three largest internet service providers, Telstra Corporation Ltd (Telstra), Optus Internet Pty Limited (Optus), and TPG Internet Pty Ltd (TPG), have been ordered by the Federal Court to pay penalties totalling $33.5 million after they each admitted making false or misleading representations to consumers when promoting certain NBN internet plans, in proceedings brought by the ACCC.

Small business takeaways from Digital Platform Services Inquiry report five

Earlier today, the ACCC released its 5th Digital Platforms Services Inquiry Report. In this report, the ACCC highlights the need for regulatory reform of digital platforms services.

Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman finds only one-in-four small businesses have a disaster plan

Yarra Ranges businesses know better than almost anyone about how natural disasters can be devastating for small and family businesses, with recent storms and floods wreaking havoc on the region.

Prepare, respond, support: a new approach to disasters is needed

When a natural disaster strikes, more certainty of response and certainty of support must be provided to small and family businesses, writes Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Bruce Billson.

Consumer confidence plunges to GFC levels as crucial pre-Christmas trading period begins

Australian consumer confidence has fallen to levels not seen since the dawn of COVID-19 lockdowns and the depths of Global Financial Crisis (GFC) despair, Westpac says, confounding hopes of strong sales through the traditionally busy November period.

John Durie: ACCC pushes for new laws to deal with fake reviews and scams on Google and Meta

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has recommended sweeping new powers to bridge the bargaining gap between digital platforms like Google and Meta and small business and consumers by imposing new conditions on the platforms and the creation of an ombudsman to force the platforms to the bargaining table.