A YEAR on from the creation of the office of the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO) by the Turnbull-Joyce Government, Small Business Minister Michael McCormack today announced its first independent review.
“The review will look at how effectively and efficiently the Ombudsman has undertaken the role of providing assistance and advocacy for Australian small businesses,” Mr McCormack said.
“I am determined to see Australia’s 2.1 million small businesses grow, invest and hire more people. Supporting small and family-owned businesses through advocacy and support is a central part of this plan, and a year on from the Ombudsman’s creation, this process will help ensure that support is targeted in the right places.”
THE nationwide small business roadshow, headed by Small Business Minister Michael McCormack, headed to Bathurst and Oberon today, as the Central West played host to two roundtables with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), Australian Taxation Office (ATO) and the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO).
“The Central West region, which includes parts of the Riverina electorate, is home to a vibrant small business sector. From the shops and services locals need in each town’s main street to the thousands of local farmers, stock and station agents and other employers who are also small businesses, it plays a big role in the region,” Mr McCormack said.
“I know it is small business – not Government – which creates local jobs. That’s why I want to hear those stories from the regions, to take new ideas with me as I work to cut small business taxes and make its paperwork simpler.
Farmers across the Riverina and Central West will benefit from improvements to the delivery of the Farm Household Allowance (FHA) payment, which will make it easier for those who are experiencing hardship.
The Nationals’ Member for Riverina and Minister for Small Business Michael McCormack, said the Coalition Government wanted to ensure the FHA continued to meet its intent, supporting farmers in hardship to get back on their feet.
“After listening to the concerns of farmers across the electorate, I recently spoke in support of these changes in the Parliament and am proud to be part of the Nationals’ team in government, moving to help speed up the payment of FHA and more accurately treat farm assets for eligibility,” Mr McCormack said.
There is a local road in the Riverina, a suburb in Canberra and even a Federal electorate named after her, now it’s been confirmed that the famous Australian writer and product of the Riverina Dame Mary Gilmore will remain on the $10 note.
The Reserve Bank of Australia recently revealed the new design of the $10 note that will begin passing through wallets, purses and cash registers when it goes into circulation in September this year.
The Nationals’ Member for Riverina and Minister for Small Business was pleased to learn the famous literary talent would continue to be honoured by being featured on the new note which contains innovative security and tactile features.
MOVEABLE soccer goals, which are subject to a safety standard due to the risk of toppling over, have been reviewed by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).
Small Business Minister Michael McCormack, who is responsible for consumer affairs, has today accepted the ACCC’s advice the current safety standard should continue.
“Soccer is a very popular sport within many Australian communities, with more and more people of all ages joining local clubs and competitions each year,” Mr McCormack said.
The Federal electorate of Riverina and the State electorate of Cootamundra have secured much-needed funding under the most recent round of the Energise Enterprise program.
The Nationals’ representatives for Riverina, Michael McCormack and Cootamundra, Katrina Hodgkinson have said this vital support will help community organisations invest in new opportunities and stimulate jobs growth.
“This Federally-funded program delivered in partnership with New South Wales is assisting communities affected by water buybacks and helping to diversify their economies and transition to other non-irrigated industries,” Mr McCormack said.
Leading Cowra-based scientist, Dr Benjamin Holman, this week received a grant of up to $22,000 to pursue a cutting edge project called ‘iMeat’, which aims to swap the subjective colour chips used to grade meat in abattoirs with a smart phone app.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce, and Member for Riverina, Michael McCormack, said Dr Holman’s work had won the Australian Meat Processor Corporation Award at the 2017 Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.
“The Coalition Government is committed to investing in research and development because we genuinely believe it is critical for productive, sustainable and profitable industries and the future competitiveness of Australian agriculture in global markets,” Minister Joyce said.
Superfast broadband is now being delivered to the townships of Parkes and Peak Hill as the National Broadband Network (NBN) makes services available to more than 4,600 homes and businesses in Parkes and almost 490 in Peak Hill.
The Nationals’ Member for Riverina and Minister for Small Business Michael McCormack said residents in both Parkes and Peak Hill can now take full advantage of the opportunities available in Australia’s new high-speed broadband era and begin ordering their NBN service from a retail service provider.
“The Coalition Government’s NBN will boost productivity and provide a platform for innovation to ensure the economic and social benefits of the internet are available to everyone regardless of whether they live in the city or the regional areas of the country,” Mr McCormack said.
The Nationals’ Federal Member for Riverina and Minister for Small Business Michael McCormack has welcomed the news that grant money will soon flow to those primary producers across the Bland Shire affected by the devastating bushfires from late last year.
Disaster assistance was announced on 8 March 2017 by the Federal Minister for Justice Michael Keenan and the New South Wales Minister for Emergency Services Troy Grant.
The assistance is being provided through the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).
TAX cuts, simpler paperwork and giving more businesses access to the $20,000 instant asset write-off programme were a central focus of a small business roadshow headed by Small Business Minister and local MP Jason Falinski in Collaroy today.
Joined by senior leaders from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) and the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO), the forum heard direct from Northern Beaches’ businesses about their ideas and challenges.
“Whether you’re in the suburbs or by the surf, the Government wants to back small business. I have a plan for the lowest tax rate in 50 years, simpler paperwork so you can spend more time doing what you do best and enabling more businesses to write-off assets against their tax,” Mr McCormack said.