Media Releases

Decorative burners on notice ahead of national ban

21 December 2016

ACTING on the advice of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), the Minister for Small Business Michael McCormack has issued a national proposed ban notice for certain types of decorative alcohol fueled burners, also known as ethanol burners. This follows an interim ban on the products in Western Australia. The decorative burners, filled with […]

2017-18 Budget: Submissions now open

9 December 2016

Minister for Small Business Michael McCormack today issued an invitation to interested parties to make submissions to the 2017-18 Budget. The Government is seeking submissions from individuals, businesses and community groups on their views regarding priorities for next year’s Budget. The 2017-18 Budget will maintain the Government’s commitment to economic growth, to boost job creation, […]

Summer safety is simple

1 December 2016

SUMMER and the so-called “silly season” can often see safety take a backseat but a simple one-stop-safety-shop for consumers is set to offer important product safety information for consumers this Christmas, Small Business Minister Michael McCormack says. The Government’s product safety reminders come as the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) launches its “Safe Summer” […]

Stronger Competition, Stronger Small Businesses, Better Outcomes for Consumers

1 December 2016

STRONGER competition laws introduced to Parliament today through changes to Section 46 of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 will strengthen Australia’s small business sector while benefiting consumers says Small Business Minister Michael McCormack. “Australia’s small businesses employ 4.7 million people representing almost half of our workforce and contribute over $380 billion, more than a […]

ABCC spells fair deal for small business

30 November 2016

Today's  passage of legislation to reinstate the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) will restore confidence and stability on Australian worksites and among small business and deliver on yet another key election commitment from the Coalition Government, Small Business Minister Michael McCormack says. “There are hundreds of thousands of jobs across Australia in the building […]

Australian Statistics Advisory Council Chairperson appointed

30 November 2016

Small Business Minister Michael McCormack today announced the appointment of Professor Gary Banks AO as the part-time Chairperson and member of the Australian Statistics Advisory Council (ASAC) for a five-year term. ASAC is established under the authority of the Australian Bureau of Statistics Act 1975 to advise the responsible Minister and the Australian Statistician on […]

Riverina and Central West home to NSW Business of the Year

29 November 2016

Forbes’ famous H E Silos took a starring role at the NSW Business Chamber Awards, taking out the business of the year award and earning the congratulations of Federal Small Business Minister and local Nationals’ MP Michael McCormack. Located in the Central West, H E Silos began as a general engineering Australian-owned family business, constructing […]

Clearer food label changes enter Parliament

28 November 2016

SWEEPING changes to Australia’s country of origin labelling programme came before Parliament today, as the Coalition Government moved to deliver on another critical promise, Small Business Minister Michael McCormack says. “The Government understands how vital changes to Australia’s country of origin labelling programme are and today we have taken another step in delivering on our […]

Small business: Santa’s little helper

25 November 2016

As Australians today mark their calendars and see Christmas just one month away, Small Business Minister Michael McCormack has urged shoppers to think local and make this year’s Christmas a merry one indeed for Australia’s 2.1 million small businesses. “In shops and neighbourhoods across Australia, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas,” Mr McCormack […]

Statement on the MacGibbon Review

24 November 2016

Today the report of the MacGibbon Review into the events surrounding the 2016 eCensus was tabled in the Parliament. The review was commissioned by the Prime Minister and the Government has accepted all the recommendations of the report. Statements from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) and IBM following the Census indicate there are lessons […]

Marvellous Mint recognises Richie with commemorative coin

24 November 2016

SYNONYMOUS with Australian summer over six decades, the memory of former Australian Test Cricket Captain and the ‘voice of Australian Cricket’, Richie Benaud OBE, has been memorialised in a limited-edition 50 cent coin unveiled ahead of the third Test against South Africa, which begins at the Adelaide Oval today. “To think of summer in Australia […]

RAI & Google reveal regional online heroes

18 November 2016

RURAL online businesses which embrace advanced technologies and changing customer tastes have been saluted in recent awards from the Regional Australia Institute, Small Business Minister and Nationals’ MP Michael McCormack has said. Finalists in the think-tank and global giant’s Regional Online Heroes programme have been unveiled this week, ahead of the annual awards night in […]

Wagga Wagga businesses set to benefit from North Asia FTAs

16 November 2016

The Nationals’ Federal Member for Riverina and Minister for Small Business, Michael McCormack, is set to host a seminar in Wagga Wagga this Friday to help local businesses make the most of Australia’s free trade agreements (FTAs) with Korea, Japan and China. Business owners will be given the chance to hear first-hand how FTAs can help […]

Canberra minted with tourism award trifecta

14 November 2016

CANBERRA’S Royal Australian Mint has bagged three coveted titles at the annual Canberra Region Tourism Awards, earning the congratulations of Small Business Minister Michael McCormack and the Federal Government. Open to tourism businesses across the whole Canberra region, the Royal Australian Mint won awards for Cultural Tourism, Tourism Visitor Education and the Visitor Experience Award, […]

Now’s the time to have your say on egg labelling

14 November 2016

The text of a draft for the new information standard for free-range egg labelling was released for public consultation today, Small Business Minister Michael McCormack has announced. Following extensive consultation with industry and consumer stakeholders, Australia’s State and Territory Consumer Affairs Ministers agreed to the introduction of an information standard on 31 March 2016. “This […]

Small business unfair contract protections enshrined in law

12 November 2016

NEW unfair contract term protections for small business commence today, giving small businesses across Australia access to the same protections available to consumers under the Australian Consumer Law, Federal Small Business Minister Michael McCormack has announced. "The extension of the unfair contract term protections provides a 'fair go' for small businesses, giving them extra protection […]

Simone’s start-ups win PM praise

10 November 2016

Targets of 100 Wagga Wagga start-ups by 2020 and the success of local entrepreneur Simone Eyles have taken a starring role in remarks from Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to Australia’s business leaders at the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry dinner in Canberra overnight. Local Nationals’ MP Michael McCormack, who is Australia’s Small Business Minister, […]

Innovation, Indigenous small businesses show wealth of WA talent

26 October 2016

SUCCESS stories from Western Australia’s more than 214,000 small businesses have taken an innovation and indigenous focus today, as Federal Small Business Minister Michael McCormack continued his WA listening tour. "I am always conscious that the diversity of Australia’s small business sector is vast. Every enterprise is a different story. Every enterprise has a different […]

Tax cuts in spotlight as Australian Chamber tour heads west

24 October 2016

ROHAN Jewellery in Perth was in the spotlight today as Federal Small Business Minister Michael McCormack and CEO of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, James Pearson, took their nationwide listening tour west. "The best feedback I receive as Small Business Minister is when I am out and about, chatting with people over the […]

Consumer law in spotlight as Australians urged to have their say

17 October 2016

Reviews of Australia’s consumer law are set to take centre stage, following last week’s release of an Interim Report as part of the Review of the Australian Consumer Law, Small Business Minister Michael McCormack has said. Prepared by Consumer Affairs Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ), the review invites interested Australians to make a submission with […]

Small Business Minister visits the Latrobe Valley

6 October 2016

Traders groups and small business representatives today met with Federal Minister for Small Business Michael McCormack in Traralgon. Federal MP Darren Chester invited Minister McCormack to Gippsland for a roundtable with local traders to discuss key priorities for the small business community. Mr Chester said it was an opportunity for traders groups to meet the […]

Tassie business set for growth

19 September 2016

With new trade agreements, plans for lower taxes and fewer pieces of red tape, Tasmania’s more than 35,600 small businesses are vital to driving economic growth and creating new jobs, Small Business Minister Michael McCormack has said. In a visit to the Tasmanian city of Launceston today, Minister McCormack met with many local small businesses […]

New report confirms devastating impact of RSRT on owner drivers

15 September 2016

The Turnbull Government has today released a report which details the devastating personal and economic cost of Labor’s destructive Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal (RSRT) Payments Order on Australia’s owner truck drivers. The Inquiry into the effect of the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal’s Payments Order on Australian small businesses was conducted by the Australian Small Business […]

Let’s get digital: ATO showcases small business services

8 September 2016

AUSTRALIAN Tax Office (ATO) digital services for small business were on display in Albury today, as the office opened its doors to the local small business community. Federal Small Business Minister Michael McCormack was on hand to help showcase the range of digital services the ATO offers Australia’s 2.7 million small businesses. “The ATO wants […]

Inquiry into small business lending practices

31 August 2016

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman has been directed by the Turnbull Government to undertake an inquiry into the adequacy of the law to address concerns raised by the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services in its report, Impairment of Customer Loans. Minister for Small Business Michael McCormack said the Ombudsman […]

Long Tan anniversary enshrined in commemorative coin

17 August 2016

AUSTRALIA'S service and sacrifice in the Battle of Long Tan is set to be enshrined in a commemorative coin unveiled at the Royal Australian Mint. The special $5 uncirculated coin will mark the 50th anniversary this year of the battle. Small Business Minister Michael McCormack, who has portfolio responsibility for the Royal Australian Mint, said […]

Privacy is paramount and protected in tonight’s Census

9 August 2016

The 2016 Census will be protected by the strongest encryption technologies available, Minister for Small Business Michael McCormack says. Government security agencies and external consultants have independently reviewed the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ online Census architecture, security and resilience. “The ABS has assured the Government all possible measures have been taken to protect the integrity […]

The 2016 Census embraces the digital age

2 August 2016

As the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) continues delivering material to more than 9 million Australian households, the Minister for Small Business, Michael McCormack, today encouraged Australians to take part in next week's 2016 Census of Population and Housing on 9 August. Mr McCormack said the ABS' innovative, digital-first approach to Census taking reflected the […]