Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)

Report

Inquiry into access to free trade agreements by small and medium enterprises
18 Feb 2019

This report urges the Australian government to continue including specific small and medium enterprises (SMEs) chapters in trade agreements, as well as introducing a focus on e-commerce in future free trade agreements.

Report

14 Feb 2019

This joint Australian and New Zealand report looks at the broad challenges and opportunities created by the digital economy and at what institutional and regulatory settings by the Australian and New Zealand Governments would be most effective.

Working paper

18 Dec 2018

Statutory trusts have been considered and proposed by a number of inquiries as a means of ensuring prompt progress payments to subcontractors, and ring-fencing payments in the event of insolvency of their contractor. The ASBFEO has considered the various arguments for and against cascading deemed...

Report

5 Dec 2018

This report covers phase one of the Access to Justice inquiry. In this phase, 1,600 businesses across Australia were surveyed in order to gain an understanding of where small businesses go for advice and, when they escalate a dispute, what pathways they choose.

Report

4 Dec 2018

The major conclusion that has come out of the various debates surrounding energy policy is that there is a serious electricity and power affordability problem across the National Electricity Market (NEM). Price increases over the last decade are significantly affecting Australian businesses and consumers.

Report

9 Nov 2018

Drawing on new survey data this report provides a profile of micro-businesses with 1-9 employees in Northern Ireland in comparison to UK regional, Irish and US benchmarks. The report provides the first evidence on levels of business ambition, resilience and digital adoption for this group...

Discussion paper

2 Oct 2018

In the right circumstances, superannuation funds could provide capital for growth to SME’s and business more generally, complementing more traditional capital sources such as banks, according to this discussion paper.

Report

29 Jun 2018

This report contains eight recommendations outlining initiatives to increase the supply of capital, and raise SME’s awareness of alternative sources of finance outside traditional banking.

Conference paper

18 Jun 2018

This paper aims to comprehend the prospect of small independent retailers ‘in categorised shopping centres by analysing consumer browsing behaviour in the Australian retail market. Furthermore, the paper examines the significance of extended trading hours in facilitating consumer browsing behaviour in shopping centres. The role...

Briefing paper

14 May 2018

This background paper provides information about small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Australia, and describes some ways that SMEs interact with providers of financial products. This paper also highlights that there is no single definition of an SME in Australia, and that data about SMEs...

Report

Outcomes and recommendations from the ASEAN-Australia Business Summit 2018
13 May 2018

This report summarises the key recommendations arising from discussions on shared opportunities for trade, investment and increased mutual understanding, held as part of the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit in Sydney in March 2018.

Briefing paper

9 May 2018

At the request of the Royal Commission, this information note identifies reforms affecting SME lending introduced since 2007. The reforms outlined in this information note primarily concern reforms that are of relevance to small businesses, rather than medium sized enterprises, which are treated consistently with...

Briefing paper

7 May 2018

The scope of this paper is limited to small business credit in the form of loans, both secured and unsecured. It does not consider other banking facilities, financial products or financial services. It is intended to provide an overview of the relevant issues, and does...

Briefing paper

27 Apr 2018

This paper responds to a request from the Royal Commission for background on the capital prudential framework applying to the banking industry, with particular regard to the current and proposed treatment of residential mortgage lending and lending for small and medium-sized enterprises.

Discussion paper

27 Apr 2018

This position paper identifies some simple steps to tackle the overly complex workplace relations system for small businesses.

Report

Inquiry into impacts on local businesses in Australia from global internet-based competition
11 Apr 2018

Internet commerce currently accounts for only a small proportion of the Australian retail market but is growing rapidly. As a result of this growth, Australian businesses are experiencing increased competition from overseas firms using the internet to directly market to Australian consumers.

Report

15 Mar 2018

This report provides more detailed guidance to bank and non-bank lenders about compliance with the unfair contract terms laws, as they relate to small business.

Annual Report

28 Feb 2018

This report analyses the different approaches to disclosure across the fintech industry and makes recommendations on best practice and identifies commitments to action.

Report

6 Feb 2018

The focus of this project is specifically on adults with intellectual disabilities who have high support needs and experience almost complete exclusion from employment, much more than other disability groups.

Report

19 Jan 2018

This report presents the findings from four focus group discussions conducted during Spring 2017 and serves as a first step in an ongoing investigation into the potential to innovate and nature of coworking issues facing people in outer Melbourne suburbs.

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