Boosting support for small and family businesses

Joint Media Release
  • Minister for Industry, Science and Technology
  • Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business

The Morrison Government is making it easier for small and family businesses to find the services they need to grow, prosper and create new jobs, with a revamped and more user-focused business.gov.au website.

The updated website is a key recommendation of the Small Business Advisory Group’s report, Unlocking the potential of business.gov.au.

Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said the review and subsequent improvements are part of the Government’s commitment to small business.

“We know that successful small businesses are essential to a strong and diverse economy, that’s why the Government is making it easier for businesses to get the information they need to get ahead, to expand and to create more jobs,” Minister Andrews said.

“Small business owners are often extremely time poor, so the Morrison Government is making sure they have easy access to practical information and the government support they need.

“With over 6.5 million users every year, it is important that business.gov.au continues to meet the needs of the business community so they can focus on growing their businesses and creating jobs for Australians.”

Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business Michaelia Cash said small businesses make up about 99 per cent of Australian businesses and employ more than six million people.

“The Morrison Government is committed to getting the policy settings right to enable small businesses to explore new markets, expand their business and increase productivity,” Minister Cash said.

“We are building on our strong track record of supporting Australia’s small businesses to grow and prosper with most of the recommendations outlined in the report already in progress, or planned for future work.”

“Australians should never forget Labor’s direct attack on small business at the last election and their plan for higher taxes and their attack on trusts.”

The Government convened the Small Business Advisory Group in 2018 to make recommendations on the role of business.gov.au in supporting small and family businesses. The Advisory Group included some of the nation’s leading business people, with real world experience and expert knowledge.

The improvements the Advisory Group has recommended will complement the services already available on business.gov.au

To read the Advisory Group’s report visit industry.gov.au/SBAG-BGA-Report

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