SBDC e-news October 2016

From the Comissioner

Recently, there’s been significant activity regarding the construction industry, with the Government announcing the continuation of Project Bank Accounts. If you’re a subcontractor in this industry, it’s vitally important that you understand these positive changes and how they’ll help the way you do business. Our story this month includes the dates and times of free information sessions and I encourage you to take advantage of them.

In addition, the Unfair Contract Terms covered by the Australian Consumer Law are soon to be extended to include small business contracts. Early next month I’ll be joining Deputy Chair of the ACCC, Dr Michael Shaper and others on a panel convened by the Curtin Law School as part of its Eminent Speaker Series, to discuss this issue. With the changes set to apply to all standard form contracts entered into or renewed on or after 12 November 2016, where at least one party is a small business, these discussions are both timely and relevant. If your business will be affected by these changes, I encourage you to familiarise yourself with the details and make the necessary changes to your contracts, as soon as possible.

Repeal Week (11-13 Oct), highlights the work that’s being done at State Government level to ease the burden of compliance, across a number of areas. For small business, there’s a streamlining of licensing requirements, particularly in regards to liquor licensing for small bars and allowing occupational licenses and registrations to be available online.

The SBDC 2015-16 annual report has also now been tabled in State Parliament. These reports are not only a financial report to Government, they provide a snapshot of the services we deliver, how those services have performed and the influence we’ve had on improving the operating environment for small businesses in WA. If you’re interested in knowing more about the SBDC and what we do, download the full annual report  (115-page, 3.8MB), or read the quick one page overview (PDF 1-page, 1.8MB).

This month is a busy time for the SBDC as we prepare for the biggest event on the regional small business calendar. We’ve had a record number of submissions for the WA Regional Small Business Awards and the judging is over. The judges have chosen 44 finalists from all nine regions in the State so if you’re a finalist, you’ve been chosen from a very competitive field. The winners will be announced on 11 November 2016.

We hope you enjoy the October e-news and that you’ll take this opportunity to forward relevant information to your members and associates. If you’d like further details on any of the matters covered this month, please contact us on 13 12 49.

David Eaton
Small Business Commissioner