FWA cut to student shift requirements gets business backing

6:27PM | Monday, 20 June 2011 |  Industry groups have welcomed the decision to reduce the minimum shift requirements to 1.5 hours for secondary students, saying it will save jobs and stop business owners from breaking the rules.

Government road show aims to boost regional firms’ web presence

6:49PM | Tuesday, 14 June 2011 |  The Federal Government has teamed up with the likes of PayPal, eBay and Optus to launch Driving Business Online, a nationwide road show designed to help small businesses achieve success online.

Credit card surcharge gauging could hurt, experts say

6:42PM | Thursday, 9 June 2011 |  Industry groups have criticised a plan by the Reserve Bank to cap surcharge fees on credit card transactions, claiming the move would unfairly target smaller companies.

ATO delivers blow to Coalition’s super plans

6:47PM | Tuesday, 7 June 2011 |  The ATO has dealt a blow to the Coalition, claiming its plan to cut small business expenses would cost taxpayers more than $250 million over four years.

Coalition’s super pledge gets mixed reviews

6:11PM | Friday, 3 June 2011 |  The Federal Coalition has pledged to remove the “unpaid tax collector” status of small firms if it achieves government, in a move that has been welcomed by small business groups but dismissed by Labor.

Australia Post to increase postage rates

5:09PM | Monday, 30 May 2011 |  Business groups have questioned a move by Australia Post to apply 1% fuel surcharge to all domestic and international parcels as well as international letters.

Online banking surge fails to dampen SME branch visits

5:19PM | Tuesday, 24 May 2011 |  New research reveals more Australians do their banking online rather than visiting a branch, although industry experts say face-to-face service still resonates with small business customers.

Start-up numbers falter as closures take their toll: ABS report

5:10PM | Tuesday, 17 May 2011 |  More than 30,000 small businesses shut up shop between the 2007 and 2010 Federal elections, while new business entry rates declined, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Paid Parental Leave sees 50,000 workers sign up

5:14PM | Monday, 9 May 2011 |  Almost 50,000 women have applied for the Federal Government’s Paid Parental Leave scheme, as small businesses prepare for their involvement in the regime from July.

Government warned over trusts crackdown

4:34PM | Thursday, 28 April 2011 |  A small business lobbyist says the Federal Government must ensure any budget crackdown on the use of trusts by wealthy families does not hurt small, family businesses.