Red tape


Red tape ties up the lines at Small Business Support Line

4:08PM | Tuesday, 10 April 2012 |  The government’s Small Business Support Line spends most of its time fielding calls about government red tape, according to usage figures provided by the service.

SME unease with Federal Government hits three-year high

11:48PM | Tuesday, 22 November 2011 |  Small business owners’ ire with the Federal Government has soared to a three-year high, according to a MYOB report, with more than half of Australian SMEs now dissatisfied.

Business lobbyists call for Fair Work laws review

11:19PM | Monday, 21 November 2011 |  Business groups have called for an independent review of Australia’s Fair Work laws, preferably conducted by the Productivity Commission.

New super scheme tipped to slash SME red tape

11:29PM | Thursday, 3 November 2011 |  The Federal Government says a new superannuation scheme will be simpler and cheaper to use, potentially easing the burden of red tape faced by small business owners.

ACCI issues SME action plan amid record-low confidence

10:39PM | Thursday, 27 October 2011 |  The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry is urging government leaders to adopt a four-point action plan to support SMEs, as business confidence hits a three-year low.

Australia second easiest place in world to start-up: Report

10:26PM | Friday, 21 October 2011 |  Australia remains one of the easiest places in the world to start a business, although conditions have worsened in the past two years, according to a new World Bank report.

Entrepreneurship hinges on money and education: Report

10:24PM | Wednesday, 19 October 2011 |  Eighty percent of entrepreneurs believe governments should improve access to funding, a new report reveals, while 70% say students should follow specific entrepreneurial training.

COSBOA to focus on super and paid parental leave at tax forum

9:08PM | Friday, 30 September 2011 |  The peak industry body for small businesses says it will lobby hard at next week’s Tax Summit for the removal of red tape, especially surrounding superannuation and paid parental leave.

Red tape weighing down small businesses: Survey

9:19PM | Wednesday, 28 September 2011 |  The average business spends nearly 4% of its annual expenditure complying with regulation and one-third of businesses say the level of red tape hinders willingness to take on more employees, a survey has found.

Government backflips over restaurant menu rules

9:53PM | Wednesday, 14 September 2011 |  Restaurants and cafes may no longer be compelled to display separate menus for days when surcharges are applied, typically Sundays and public holidays, after the Federal Government took on a Productivity Commission recommendation that the requirement was burdensome.