Category Archives: Government Back

Imposing GST on low-value imports doesn’t level the playing field

The government wants to extend GST to imported online goods under A$1000, effective from 1 July 2017, with Treasurer Scott Morrison stating it will “establish a level playing field for our domestic retailers”. But the proposed legislation doesn’t do this. Rather, it unfairly imposes GST on goods purchased from overseas sellers, that wouldn’t be subject … Read more

Economists report good times for growth in Australia, but is your state the best place to do business?

Australia is powering towards the world’s longest period of economic growth without recession, but while economists see plenty to like ahead of May’s federal budget, not all states are equal, and the small business community is pushing for tangible policies to help companies expand over the next few years no matter where they are based. … Read more

Less talk, more small business action in 2017

“The future growth and prosperity of Australian SMEs could be undermined if governments lose sight of the sector’s priorities says Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise ombudsman (ASBFEO) Kate Carnell. Carnell wants action on issues such as business tax cuts, competition reform, unfair contracts, government procurement and security of payments.” Read more Business Council of Australia Business … Read more

Applications open for $4 million grants program to grow creative-tech maker spaces across Australia

“Applications for a $4 million federal government grants program to instill creative, tech and entrepreneurial skills in young students around Australia have opened. The four-year Maker Projects grants scheme opened applications on Thursday to help schools and community groups establish dedicated maker spaces for students to gain practical skills in design, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship. … Read more

Equity crowdfunding to be opened to retail investors as legislation passes Senate

“It may be hard to believe, but it’s true: the new equity crowdfunding regulations have officially passed the Senate, opening up equity crowdfunding to retail investors. The changes have been years in the making, with former Minister for Small Business Kelly O’Dwyer introducing the Government’s plans to change existing legislation in 2015 following recommendations made … Read more

Federal government wants to spend $900 million of annual tech budget on small “entrepreneurial” players

“The federal government wants to allocate 10% of its $9 billion annual tech budget toward small “entrepreneurial” players in the market, says federal assistant minister for digital transformation Angus Taylor. Speaking at a media event in the Blue Mountains, in New South Wales, Taylor said he wants to shift $900 million of public sector tech work … Read more

Lessons from Centrelink: Seven steps to undoing anger caused by automation

“Around the world there have been debacles caused by automation. A Michigan government agency wrongly accused 20,000 people of fraudulently seeking unemployment benefits. Imagine the angry clients! Centrelink started the year badly. An upsurge of complaints about its over-zealous, frequently inaccurate robo-debt collection methods might hopefully spell an end of misplaced bureaucratic faith in automation … Read more