5 websites that every Australian small business should know about

Business is hard. It’s not enough just to make a profit – you also have to stay on the right side of numerous rules and regulations. Thankfully, the Australian government has made things easier for small business owners by creating five helpful official websites: Business.gov.au Australian Securities & Investments Commission Australian Small Business & Family [...]

By |2019-12-28T07:15:38+11:00May 4th, 2020|Business|0 Comments

ACCC hits out at unfair take-it-or-leave it contracts

Australia’s competition watchdog has again taken aim at unfair contract terms in its latest Small Business in Focus report.  The ACCC used the half-yearly report to highlight its effort to protect small businesses against unfair terms in standard form contracts. “Unfair contract terms are a big focus for the ACCC, and we want to make [...]

By |2020-12-21T23:44:34+11:00August 27th, 2019|Business|0 Comments

New insurance legislation would better protect small businesses

The government has released exposure draft legislation that extends the unfair contract term regime to insurance contracts, as recommended by the banking Royal Commission. Consumer law protects consumers against unfair contract terms that: Would cause them detriment Would significantly imbalance their rights and obligations under a contract Are not reasonably necessary to protect the business [...]

By |2019-07-31T20:03:03+10:00August 3rd, 2019|Business|0 Comments

ACCC forces Uber Eats to change its contract terms

Small businesses that deal with Uber Eats have just scored a big win after Uber Eats agreed to change its “unfair contract terms”. The current contract holds restaurants responsible for the delivery of orders, even if they have no control over deliveries once the food leaves its premises, according to the ACCC. When problems occur, [...]

By |2019-07-18T19:24:37+10:00July 18th, 2019|Business|0 Comments

New tendering rules offer “some security” to small business

The federal government is about to begin a new procurement regime that should offer some benefit to small businesses. From 1 July 2019, businesses that tender for government contracts worth more than $4 million must obtain a statement of tax record showing satisfactory engagement with the tax system. This new regime also applies to first-tier [...]

By |2019-06-14T18:57:34+10:00June 14th, 2019|Business|0 Comments

ACCC wants to give small business greater bargaining power

Australia’s competition watchdog wants to give small businesses the legal right to collectively bargain with suppliers and processors. The ACCC has proposed issuing a ‘class exemption’ to the small business sector to allow it to collectively negotiate without the risk of breaching competition law. “The proposed class exemption would apply to businesses and independent contractors [...]

By |2019-06-24T18:40:16+10:00June 9th, 2019|Business|0 Comments

PM urged to follow through on small business promises

Scott Morrison needs to keep the faith with small business, which helped him win re-election last weekend, according to the small business ombudsman. “A Sensis report a few weeks ago showed 35% of small to medium enterprises were undecided on who to vote for before the election, but they made their voice heard on the [...]

By |2019-05-22T06:48:27+10:00May 22nd, 2019|Business|0 Comments

Small business to receive greater contract protections

Unfair contract terms will become illegal under a new government proposal. The federal government will introduce amendments to better protect small businesses from unfair contract terms. The government said it will consult on the following options: Making unfair contract terms illegal Imposing civil penalties on parties that impose unfair contract terms Extending unfair contract protections [...]

By |2019-04-15T20:26:42+10:00March 28th, 2019|Business|0 Comments
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