The saga of employee share scheme reforms: six years, three prime ministers, seven small business ministers and it's finally happened6:07PM | Thursday, 25 June 2015 | The startup industry has been calling for reform since 2009 but the federal government has finally passed the employee share scheme reform legislation.
2:55PM | Tuesday, 3 February 2015 | The federal government has put a timeline on its new legislative framework for equity crowdfunding, which will make it easier for small businesses and startups to raise capital through online crowdfunding platforms.
2:54PM | Monday, 4 February 2013 | The Coalition has revealed a policy for small business emergency assistance, including concessional loans of up to $100,000, with a business group now hopeful the party will unveil costed policies in other areas.
2:25PM | Monday, 4 February 2013 | The small business sector has been handed its fourth minister in two years, with former immigration minister Chris Bowen assuming the role as part of an unexpected cabinet reshuffle.
12:11PM | Wednesday, 5 December 2012 | The Opposition has accused the Federal Government of breaking “yet another promise” by failing to remedy the issue of home-based business owners’ personal addresses appearing on the National Business Names Register.
11:59PM | Tuesday, 27 November 2012 | Innovation is “front of mind” for family businesses, according to Deloitte Private, which has highlighted the increasingly crucial role of the sector as part of a federal parliamentary inquiry.
10:28PM | Thursday, 18 October 2012 | The Federal Government has frozen funding for small business support services while telling people the process was ongoing.
10:03PM | Tuesday, 2 October 2012 | The Reserve Bank has lowered the official interest rate by 25 basis points, admitting the growth outlook for next year looks “a little weaker” on the back of international developments.
9:52PM | Friday, 7 September 2012 | A major retail body is calling for action based on the findings of a report into parcel processing procedures, but the Federal Government and the Coalition continue to distance themselves from the issue.
9:00AM | Tuesday, 4 September 2012 | UK Chancellor George Osborne has unveiled a plan to set up a state-backed small business bank, although both sides of Australia’s political divide remain opposed to introducing a similar model here.