Regulator Opens Door to SME Growth Fund

11 December 2018

 The government-proposed fund for banks to inject equity into growing small businesses has received a boost, with the prudential regulator signalling it is willing to consider regulatory concessions to make the vehicle commercially viable.
At a roundtable hosted by Treasurer Josh Frydenberg in Canberra on Thursday, Reserve Bank of Australia governor Philip Lowe told commercial bankers and AustralianSuper that fixing a lack of funding to small and … Read more »

Small Business Tax Disputes Made Easier

Small business would find it easier and cheaper to settle fights with the Australian Taxation Office through access to an independent appeal organisation to help quickly resolve disputes, under a policy unveiled by the Morrison government.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the latest pitch to assist small and family businesses, as the Coalition government favours the small end of town over the big banks and energy companies … Read more »

Ahead of the Curve – Australian Business Sentiment Optimistic after China-US Truce

3 December 2018

The G-20 meeting of world leaders over the weekend was undoubtedly the biggest event that business people all over the world watch closely. Amongst the key points to watch for was obviously what happens between China and the US on their trade disputes. As the weekend concluded, good news came out. Markets were cheered by US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreeing to … Read more »

More Policy to Make Lives Easier for Small Businesses

More than 2000 small-to-medium companies will be excused from lodging annual financial reports to the corporate regulator, under a red-tape-cutting exercise announced by Treasurer Josh Frydenberg.
The revenue threshhold for proprietary companies to report to the Australian Securities and Investments Commission will be lifted to $50 million, from $25 million.
The companies are required to prepare and lodge a financial report, a director’s report and an auditor’s report with ASIC … Read more »

Ahead of the Curve – Re-elected Labour Government to Continue Infrastructure Boom in Victoria

26 November 2018
Over the weekend the first-term incumbent Labor government, led by Premier Daniel Andrews, successfully won a second four-year term in government, defeating the Liberal/National Coalition, led by opposition leader Matthew Guy. Minor party the Greens also contested the election and sought to increase their share of seats in both the lower and upper houses.
A huge Labor majority is assured with 51 seats already won, while the … Read more »

Government Takes New Measure to Help Small Business

Small business start-ups and their workers are set to win from the federal government’s planned doubling of the employee share scheme limit to $10,000 a year per worker for unlisted companies. Treasurer Josh Frydenberg announced the boost last Tuesday. It makes it easier for private businesses to issue more equity to employees to align the interests of employers and their staff.
The measures are being promoted as … Read more »

Ahead of the Curve – Interest Rates Remain Low, Economy Strong

12 November 2018
Last week, the Reserve Bank of Australia kept its record low interest rate unchanged at 1.50% even after upgrading its economic and inflation outlook and tipping the jobless rate to fall to a decade-low of 4.75%.
RBA governor Philip Lowe said in a statement on Tuesday that economic growth was forecast to average about 3.5 per cent this year and in 2019, above trends since … Read more »

Ahead of the Curve – Victoria Joins China’s Belt and Road Ambitions

5 November 2018
Last week, the Victorian government bypassed Canberra and formally signed up to Chinese President Xi Jinping’s signature foreign policy initiative, Belt and Road, in a deal it hopes will secure jobs and investment from the state in the multibillion-dollar spending program.
Labor Premier Daniel Andrews and China’s Ambassador to Australia Cheng Jingye signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) which makes Victoria the only Australian state … Read more »

Melbourne CBD Office Space Shortage Looms

According to a report by specialist property consultants Urbis released last week, a looming shortage of office space in Melbourne’s CBD could ultimately cost the state economy as much as $7 billion in lost jobs.
The 104-page report, commissioned by the Property Council of Australia – which is pushing for reforms to CBD planning rules – analyses expected growth in the city’s working and residential population to 2036…. Read more »

New Medical Jobs Promised Ahead Of Victorian Election

With less than a month to go until the Victorian election, the ALP making health, paramedics and improved ambulance response times a priority.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews launched Labor’s campaign with a pledge to recruit an … Read more »