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...
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.
This report summarises how national and subnational governments in nine advanced economies have so far supported businesses during the crisis through grants, tax cuts and tax deferrals, loans and equity stakes.
The COVID-19 pandemic has halted economic activity worldwide, hurting firms and pushing many of them toward bankruptcy. This paper discusses four central issues that have emerged in the academic and policy debates related to business financing during the downturn.
The influence of government targeted procurement strategies on the growth performance of construction small and medium-sized contractors (SMCs) in South Africa
This paper examines government targeted procurement (TP) strategies in South Africa and whether these strategies have an influence on the growth performance of Small and medium sized contractors (SMCs) in the construction industry.
Lean construction and BIM in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in construction: a systematic literature review
Lean construction (LC) and building information modeling (BIM) are two of the prominent concepts challenging the traditional practices in construction management. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) often constitute the largest group in construction supply chains. It was found that despite the importance of SMEs, the...
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.
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.
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...