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Quality reform sometimes comes in ‘small’ packages

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Sometimes important reforms look ‘small’. One of these is the Federal Small Business Ombudsman Bill that is now before Parliament.

It might look like a minor reform but it’s important. It will fill in gaps where the state Small Business Commissioners don’t have jurisdiction. What’s developing is a fairly comprehensive process that enables small business people to achieve some measure of cheap dispute resolution. This is not only good for small business people but also the broader economy. A well functioning economy needs efficiency in how commercial disputes are fixed.  More...


Small Business Commissioners to the Rescue!

Monday, July 07, 2014

ICA strongly supports and promotes Small Business Commissioners across Australia. The most important role they play is in providing cheap and quick dispute mediation services for self-employed small business people.  More...


Let the unfair contracts debate begin!

Friday, May 23, 2014

Unfair contract protections for small business people have moved a step closer to realisation. Small Business Minister Bruce Billson has just released a discussion paper on the proposed laws, which are a Coalition election commitment and which were also announced as a Budget commitment. More...


Small business people and the budget

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

As predicted and expected, almost everyone has been whacked by the budget with higher charges and taxes, and lower payments.

Here’s a quick summary, however, of the situation for small business people summarised from this article by Robert Gottliebsen of Business Spectator. Robert says there’s a big shift of emphasis from big to small business.  More...


Simple dispute resolution works!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

ICA has long supported the cheap and relatively simple dispute-resolution procedures on offer from the various State Small Business Commissioners. The email below is part of the correspondence between Guy (an IT contractor) and the NSW Small Business Commissioner's office over a dispute he had with a client. Rather than trying to litigate, Guy went to the Small Business Commissioner and had his dispute settled with a payout to him. Low cost; no lawyers involved. More...


Major economic reform. Small business key

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Significant micro-economic reform has been flagged in recent speeches/interviews by the next Australian Treasurer, Joe Hockey (assuming a change of government occurs in September). Small business is to be at the centre of an Abbott government’s economic approaches. Details here. Ken Phillips' associated Business Spectator article is hereMore...


NSW Small Business Commissioner. Good dispute mediation powers.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

In New South Wales the Small Business Commissioner legislation has finally passed. It has strong dispute mediation powers with a good balance. Full details and a summary of the law is hereMore...


Victorian Review of Small Business Commissioner Powers

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Independent Contractors Australia has made a submission to the review of the Victorian SBC powers. We suggest some ‘beefing up’. Submission is hereMore...


We support NSW Small Business Commissioner legislation

Friday, February 22, 2013

We’re supporting the New South Wales government’s Small Business Commissioner Bill currently before Parliament. Surprisingly, the Labor Opposition opposes the Bill. It proposes a highly legalistic approach to ‘protections’. The government’s Bill takes a practical approach. Our assessment and comparison of the situation is hereMore...


Abbott’s small business fairness commitment

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

The Abbott Coalition has released an election commitment document “Our Plan. Real Solutions for all Australians.” Available here.

It places small business as a top central priority in a jobs creation drive. In ICA’s assessment we say that the Abbott plan has strong substance. Here’s our summaryMore...



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