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Conoravirus SME Guarantee Scheme offers cash flow relief to small businesses

27 March 2020

As Australian small businesses make tough decisions about their future and consider the ways they can come through to the other side of this health crisis, cash flow is key.

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Changes to insolvency rules offers small businesses some breathing space

25 March 2020

The ‘I’ word. Insolvency is something we don’t want to talk about. Not yet. But we need to.

In these extraordinary times, we know there are many small businesses out there, wondering if they can keep their doors open.

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Small business support amid COVID-19

18 March 2020

COVID-19 is having a significant impact on Australian small and family businesses. The federal government has announced an initial $17.6 billion stimulus package designed to help small and family businesses.

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My Business Health a road to recovery for bushfire-hit small businesses

18 February 2020

My Business Health, a web portal designed to provide holistic support to small business owners, now features a dedicated section for those impacted by

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Small businesses devastated by bushfire but help is available

16 January 2020

Launching our Insolvency Practices Inquiry just a few months ago, we didn’t realise our work would reveal crucial lessons for the small-business victims of this awful bushfire season.

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Insolvency Practices Inquiry reveals small business pain points

23 December 2019

As work on the Insolvency Practices Inquiry continues, my office has heard many harrowing small business stories, shining a light on the failures of the insolvency system as well as the challenges faced by industry professionals.

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My Business Health a lifeline to stressed small business owners

12 December 2019

Mental health is a serious issue for Australia’s small business community, with the Productivity Commission’s draft report into mental health finding the cost of absenteeism and presenteeism to the sector is over $17 billion per year.

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Ombudsman: better protections of employee wages needed

20 November 2019

The federal government ought to make it easier for hard-working Australians’ wages and entitlements to be calculated correctly and paid on time.

We want Australian workers to be paid what they are owed, at the right time.

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