Barker businesses are set to benefit from specialist advice next month when Member for Barker Tony Pasin hosts a small business and family enterprise online forum.

With special guest speaker Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell, the forum will be about ‘COVID-19 survival and coming out the other side’.

“Small businesses are the backbone of our economy,” Mr Pasin said.

“We have over 3.5 million small businesses across the country, making up nearly half the national workforce. As such they are a vital part of our COVID-19 recovery.

“At a local level, I want to see Barker’s 14,600 small and family businesses not only survive through COVID but be in a strong position to thrive when we get through to the other side.

“That’s why I’ve asked the Ombudsman to join me for the online forum. Let’s equip our small businesses with the knowledge and support to put them in the best possible position to do this.

“It’s all part of our Government’s plan for a business-led economic recovery,” Mr Pasin said.

“I encourage local businesses to take advantage of the free event that will explain the Ombudsman’s role and what assistance is available,”

The event will commence at 4pm on October 14 with a video link supplied upon RSVP.

RSVP to by Wednesday, October 7.

The Morrison Government are assisting small business by:

  • Providing emergency cash flow support, through the tax free payments of between $20,000 and $100,000.
  • Keeping employees connected with employers, with the fortnightly JobKeeper payments until March 2021.
  • Providing fast-tracked tax relief, by cutting the tax rate for small and medium businesses on 1 July 2020 from 27.5% to 26%.
  • Improving access to finance, by guaranteeing 50% of new unsecured loans for working capital and business investment, committing $100 million to the Australian Business Growth Fund, and $2 billion to the Australian Business Securitisation Fund.
  • Ensuring small business get paid faster, by introducing the Payment Times Reporting Framework.
  • Enabling small businesses to invest, by expanding and extending the $150,000 Instant Asset Write Off until 31 December 2020.
  • Supporting small businesses with tax disputes, by establishing a Small Business Tax Disputes division within the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and empowering the Small Business Ombudsman to run a Concierge Service to assist small business taxpayers.
  • Reducing regulation and compliance costs, by cutting burdensome red tape through the Deregulation Taskforce in order to make businesses more competitive, efficient and productive.
  • Increasing digital capability, by investing in Small Business Digital Champions and the Digital Solutions Program and helping small businesses strengthen their cyber security.
  • Investing in the mental health of business owners, by providing dedicated holistic support through the My Business Health portal, and expanding Everymind’s  Ahead for Business program.
  • Working to get our workplace relations settings right, by establishing five working groups to find a pathway to sensible, long-lasting reform.
  • Encouraging Australians to Go Local First in their communities when supporting small businesses