Government and Regulation



Soloists rejoice as ATO, Fair Work told to lay off independent contractors

9:55PM | Monday, 23 September 2013 | Patrick Stafford

The business community has enthusiastically welcomed the news that Small Business Minister Bruce Billson has issued a warning to the Australian Tax Office to go easy on independent contractors and the self-employed.

Sole trader  | Government and Regulation

Turnbull becomes Communications Minister, Macfarlane named as Industry Minister

9:33PM | Monday, 16 September 2013 | Rose Powell

Prime Minister-elect Tony Abbott has announced the incoming Coalition government’s frontbench, with Malcolm Turnbull named Minister for Communications and Ian Macfarlane becoming Minister for Industry.

 | Government and Regulation

Coalition wins federal election: What next for start-ups

9:00AM | Sunday, 8 September 2013 | Gavin Lower

The election is over. The Coalition has won. Now what does it mean for Australia’s start-up sector?

 | Government and Regulation

Sports tech industry promised $6 million boost from Rudd government

8:00PM | Monday, 26 August 2013 | Rose Powell

Start-ups in the sports technology space have been promised $6 million over four years in new funding from the Labor federal government.

 | Government and Regulation

Goodbye carbon tax, hello ETS: What it means for your business

7:16PM | Monday, 15 July 2013 | Myriam Robin

If the Rudd government is re-elected to another term this year, it will legislate a move from the carbon tax to an emissions trading scheme effective from July next year, the government announced on the weekend.

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Entrepreneur support service facing funding crisis

7:39AM | Wednesday, 10 July 2013 | Rose Powell

The Enterprise Network for Young Australians, a not-for-profit organisation that provides opportunities, training and support to young entrepreneurs, sees government and corporate support dwindle.

 | Government and Regulation

THE NEWS WRAP: Kevin Rudd appeals to business after winning leadership spill

6:24AM | Thursday, 27 June 2013 | Andrew Sadauskas

Kevin Rudd has reclaimed the prime ministership. Plus ACCC to investigate telecommunications backhaul pricing and the ATO's warning of profit shifting.

 | Planning  | Business  | Government and Regulation

Federal government seeking comment on review of Franchising Code of Conduct

6:16PM | Tuesday, 18 June 2013 | Rose Powell

The federal government is seeking comments from the franchising industry on recommendations contained in a review of the Franchising Code of Conduct.

 | Franchising  | Sole trader  | Government and Regulation

Commercialisation Australia chief says start-ups need to focus on the full scope of available capital

5:43PM | Thursday, 30 May 2013 | Rose Powell

Start-ups that complain about a lack of venture capital in Australia should ask what else they can do with their business idea, the head of a government business development body says.

 | Financing a business  | Venture Capital  | Government and Regulation

Energy investor says Australia needs green tech support from government

5:56PM | Wednesday, 29 May 2013 | Rose Powell

A clean energy investor says the Australian government needs to play a leading role in supporting green tech entrepreneurs.

 | Financing a business  | Business Grants  | Government and Regulation

Asia-Pacific’s largest tech fair launches in Sydney with special day for start-ups

5:24PM | Tuesday, 28 May 2013 | Rose Powell

Asia-Pacific’s largest technology fair, CeBIT, has opened with a video address from Prime Minister Julia Gillard and 32,000 people expected to attend.

 | Technology  | Government and Regulation

Start-ups to be paid interest on outstanding Government bills: Hockey

5:02PM | Wednesday, 22 May 2013 | Gavin Lower

Shadow treasurer Joe Hockey has announced a future Coalition government will commit to pay small business suppliers on time, or make them pay interest on outstanding bills.

 | Financing a business  | Cashflow  | Business Grants  | Government and Regulation

Why privacy laws are set to get a lot tougher for start-ups

5:18PM | Wednesday, 22 May 2013 | Nina Hendy

Recent changes to the privacy laws mean businesses can be hit with fines of up to $1.7 million for violations. Here’s a guide to what you must do to comply.

 | Technology  | Sole trader  | Government and Regulation

Franchise review to introduce "good faith" provision into code

5:44PM | Monday, 20 May 2013 | Cara Waters

The long-awaited publication on Friday of the government’s review of the Franchising Code of Conduct has been welcomed by the franchising sector.

 | Legal matters  | Franchising  | Leadership  | Government and Regulation

Stephen Conroy and the Streisand effect

5:49PM | Friday, 17 May 2013 | Taskmaster

In recent days, Old Taskmaster has intently followed the saga of Senator Stephen Conroy and the issue of federal funding for NICTA. The situation is an example of the Streisand effect in action.

 | Technology  | Business Grants  | Government and Regulation

Budget re-write: Govt amends papers over NICTA ‘phasing out’

5:00AM | Friday, 17 May 2013 | Oliver Milman

The federal government has been forced into a hasty rewrite of its own budget papers after initially stating that it will “phase out” National ICT Australia, following a recent article in StartupSmart.

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The 10 biggest issues facing start-ups in 2013: #7 political uncertainty

5:29PM | Thursday, 16 May 2013 | Gunilla Haglundh

In the latest of a 10-part series looking at the challenges start-ups face in 2013, we examine political uncertainty. Debt, deficit and the long election campaign are damaging to business confidence.

 | Business Grants  | Government and Regulation

Labor under fire over modest innovation funding

5:55PM | Thursday, 16 May 2013 | Rose Powell

The federal government is facing criticism from innovation-focused businesses for the modest increase in venture capital investment announced in the budget this week.

 | Leadership  | Business Grants  | Government and Regulation

What start-ups can expect from Abbott’s budget response

5:49PM | Thursday, 16 May 2013 | Rose Powell

Tony Abbott will tonight deliver the Coalition’s response to the budget released earlier this week, with the Coalition leader expected to focus on the paperwork burden faced by small businesses.

 | Financing a business  | Business Grants  | Government and Regulation

Federal budget 2013: The start-up winners and losers

5:24AM | Wednesday, 15 May 2013 | Oliver Milman

In a budget where there was very little to excite businesses of any size, let alone start-ups, it’s hard to see how any entrepreneur will be in tears of either joy or despair this morning.

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