News
More SMEs using the internet to sell goods and services 7 December, 2009
The number of SMEs using e-commerce to sell goods and services has risen as compared to last year, according to the latest Sensis e-Business Report. The findings of the study also reveal a rise in the number of SMEs which receive payments online.
Fraud season begins for Australian businesses 07 December, 2009
The period of greatest risk for application fraud and non payment for Australian businesses is about to begin. The Christmas period and corresponding post Christmas sales are the main drivers behind this risk with young adults (aged between 18-22) the highest risk category, almost twice (1.8 times) as likely than any other age group to commit application fraud.
More advisory services for Australian SMEs 2 December, 2009
Government bodies in both the Northern Territory and Western Australia have announced further investments into their respective small business advisory services.
Treasury proposes changes to the Trade Practices Act to protect SMEs 2 December, 2009
Proposed changes to the Trade Practices Act (TPA), which are aimed at shielding small business and franchisees from unscrupulous conduct, will not be the panacea to unfair dealings, according to the Council of Small Business Organisations of Australia.   
RBA lifts rates by 25 basis points to 3.75% 1 December, 2009
The Reserve Bank of Australia has lifted the official interest rate for a third consecutive month. A 25 basis point increase has taken the cash rate to 3.25 percent. The Reserve Bank has explained the rate rise by saying that the downturn in Australia was relatively mild and measures of confidence and business conditions suggest the economy is in a gradual recovery.
Consumers to cut back on spending this Christmas 30 November, 2009
Australian retailers are likely to be hit by a drop in spending this Christmas, with consumer confidence slowly returning to pre-crisis levels. A recent Westpac Banking Corporation survey has found that consumers are not willing to spend as much on Christmas as they did a year ago, with spending expected to fall by as much as 35 percent.
The more things change the more they stay the same 28 November, 2009
A YEAR ago, The Age|D&B Awards were conducted in a period of unprecedented crisis and uncertainty. Most of the developed world had entered or was entering recession, credit markets had frozen and equity markets were in free fall.
Technology exporter is business of the year 28 November, 2009
HIGH-TECHNOLOGY company QSR International, which exports to 150 countries, has won The Age I D&B Victorian Business of the Year Award.
ATO puts SMEs on notice 27 November, 2009
The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has warned small and medium firms that tax loss claims will be closely scrutinised, following $100 million dollars in false claims last year.
Pay equity push could result in SMEs being audited 26 November, 2009
A Parliamentary Inquiry on pay equity has handed down 63 recommendations, including calls for the establishment of a Pay Equity Unit within the Government's Fair Work Australia agency. If the recommendations are accepted, the Pay Equity Unit would be given the power to audit SMEs to discover how female workers are being paid.

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