Policy report

Economic scars: how the lockdowns have permanently disfigured the Australian economy

The economic crisis caused by lockdown measures in response to COVID-19 has distorted the Australian economy. The economic costs of lockdowns have not been equally shared across the country. This paper outlines five key pieces of evidence that lockdowns, rather than freezing the economy in...
Fact sheet

Insolvency reforms to support small business

The Australian government is making changes to our insolvency framework to better serve Australian small businesses, their creditors, and their employees. The changes will introduce new processes suitable for small businesses from 1 January 2021, reducing complexity, time and costs for small businesses.
Report

COVID-19 Fiscal and economic review

This review report provides an update on Queensland’s economic and fiscal estimates over 2019-20 and 2020-21 that incorporate the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic to date.
Book

Coronavirus and engaging cities: towards community recovery

What future lies ahead for cities and communities beyond the coronavirus pandemic? In this eBook, Canadian-based economic geographer and urban scholar, Shauna Brail, looks at lessons from lockdown and creative approaches to reopening and recovery.
Report

The initial impacts of COVID-19 on the self-employed

This paper provides a summary of the initial impacts of COVID-19 on the self-employed based on data from the 33rd ANUpoll which collected information from 3,155 Australians over the period 14-27 April 2020. It is the first longitudinal survey data on the impact of COVID-19...
Position paper

Supply chain finance review: position paper

This position paper details ASBFEO’s findings and makes a suite of draft recommendations to be finalised before a full report is handed down at the end of March 2020.
Report

New Zealand Private Business Survey

This survey asked small and medium-sized companies (defined as those with annual revenues of $1million to $100 million) what their unique needs and challenges were in the current operating environment.
Report

Review of the R&D tax incentive

The review report details the findings from a comprehensive investigation of the experiences of small and family businesses that have claimed the Research and Development Tax Incentive (R&DTI). It recommends this important incentive be retained, and a suite of reforms made to the way the...
Guide

Supporting small business owners to improve their mental health and wellbeing at work

When running a small business, there are many challenges that can affect their mental health, including long work hours, social isolation, customer demands, cash flow issues, work-life balance, job insecurity and a lack of administrative support. This guide outlines actions that can be used to...
Report

Small business counts

This statistics report brings together data and analysis from the Australian Taxation Office, Australian Bureau of Statistics and Austrade. The purpose of the report is to be a resource for government, public policy makers and researchers, to improve their knowledge and understanding of the Australian...