Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)
Small business and mental health through the pandemic
This report is based on the findings of a survey conducted nationally over 6 weeks in early 2022 with 1,007 small business owner participants. The findings indicate that there are high levels of mental ill‑health within the small business sector, suggesting a continued need for...
Digital lives of Australians 2022
This report is the second in an ongoing longitudinal study by auDA. The study provides an in-depth exploration into the online experiences of Australians to understand what they value, their most significant challenges and identify opportunities that will support improvements in online outcomes for Australians.
Small Business Natural Disaster Preparedness and Resilience Inquiry report
The impacts of natural disasters on small and family businesses can be devastating and can include damaged and destroyed assets and reduced production and revenue streams. This inquiry looks at existing education and engagement practices, with respect to promoting small business disaster resilience, and makes...
Digital economy strategy: 2022 update
The Australian government has released this update, which outlines progress made on Australia becoming a top 10 digital economy and society by 2030.
Digital lives of Australians 2021
Researchers sought feedback from more than 1,500 Australian consumers and more than 400 small business owners about their online needs and challenges. The research found that most consumers feel that the Internet has a positive impact on their lives. However, the research also found consumers...
SME digitalisation to "build back better"
This policy paper aims to improve understanding on how small and medium enterprises (SMEs) responded to the COVID-19 crisis and adapted to the new environment, and how different players in their ecosystems are contributing to their digital transition.
Small business access to finance: the evolving lending market
This research paper examines how small and medium enterprises (SMEs) access debt finance in Australia.
Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO) - Independent Review: final report
The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO) commenced operations in March 2016, operating under the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Act 2015 (Cth). This review contends that the next phase for ASBFEO is one of consolidation and maturation of efforts and approach...
Enablers and barriers to industry-research collaboration
This document reports the findings from one of Australia’s largest-ever surveys of small and medium business (SME) leaders, exploring how and why they engaged with the R&D sector and what were the real and perceived enablers and barriers to collaboration.
Preparing the tourism workforce for the digital future
Acknowledging that national policies will need to be responsive to needs across a diverse sector, with varying levels of digital maturity amongst enterprises (and people), this report presents a selection of policy considerations to prepare the tourism workforce for the digital future.
Trade in the time of parcels
A comprehensive framework is needed to understand the landscape for cross-border parcel trade, including in the context of challenges experienced during COVID-19. This paper proposes such a framework to analyse the evolving environment for cross-border trade in parcels, exploring the types of goods that are...
Trade and gender: a framework of analysis
A framework is proposed in this report for analysing the impacts of trade and trade policies on women that policy-makers can use in order to ensure that trade and trade policies in their country support women’s economic empowerment.
Place-based policy options for entrepreneurship in a post-COVID Canada
Conceding that while the Canadian regional dynamic will never be fully immunised from economic inequities, the authors of this report believe that the proposals they outline will provide a workable, place-responsive, and efficient means of leveraging the post-COVID recovery as a catalyst for a stronger...
The mental health and wellbeing of small and medium-sized construction firms in New Zealand
This research explores the impact of COVID-19 on the mental health and wellbeing of small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) builders in New Zealand.
The tax and accounting interface: how to build a transformational tax system for small businesses using technology as a pathway to reform
This paper examines whether, in light of the advances in technology and digital take-up rates, the benefits and compliance cost savings of applying accounting income to determine tax liabilities for small business now outweigh previous arguments that rejected such proposals.
Back in business? WA small businesses and the impact of COVID-19
The impact of COVID-19 has been felt across the economy and business sector, but for small businesses these shocks can be more challenging to deal with, with fewer resources to draw from. This report covers findings from the 2020 BCEC Small Business Survey including the...
Puppet entrepreneurship: technology and control in franchised industries
This report examines the use of electronic monitoring in franchises and the difference in incentives between franchise models that resemble independent entrepreneurship versus employment. The author argues that franchising provides a useful lens for policymakers to think about how to assign legal rights and responsibilities...
The changing structure of the Australian economy
This report outlines how a dramatic re-shaping to the structure of Australia’s economy has largely benefited big corporates and the financial sector, at the expense of family-run and small businesses.
Insurance Inquiry report: December 2020
This inquiry has found widespread market failure in regards to the availability and affordability of essential small business insurance products.
Business insurance: unaffordable or unavailable?
Doing business involves navigating a myriad of risks which makes insurance (compulsory and non-compulsory) an essential element of a successful business. This report finds that insurance is a pain point for many Australian businesses with most problems the result of complex global factors, rather than...
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...
Using the Social Progress Index to identify COVID-19 vulnerabilities: a CSI Amplify response
This fact sheet shows that the bulk of Federal, State and Territory policy responses to COVID19 have focused on economic protection – specifically on protecting or supporting businesses.
Support for business during the coronavirus crisis: an international comparison
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.
Financing firms in hibernation during the COVID-19 pandemic
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.
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.