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Small and medium-sized enterprises welcome 30-day Payment Bill

The Federal Government has introduced legislation requiring big businesses to be transparent about their payment times to the small business suppliers. The Australian Small Business and Family Ombudsman (ASBFEO) announced a review into the impact of supply chain financing on the small business and family sector in October 2019. The review looked at specific industry…

Tender support for small businesses

New tools will assist businesses in meeting qualification requirements and understanding the tendering for NSW Government work. Small businesses across NSW can now access free online training and an informative guide to help them become “tender ready” and bid for NSW Government contracts. The NSW Small Business Commission has collaborated with TAFE NSW to deliver…

Did someone say QR Cards

Checking into venues and managing your check-in history will become easier thanks to a new COVID-19 check-in card and suite of updates to the Service NSW app. NSW residents will soon be able to register for a COVID-19 check-in card which can be presented to supermarkets and other essential retail businesses to scan. The cards…

Mandatory QR check-ins for businesses

From Monday 12 July 2021 the use of the Service NSW QR code will be mandatory at all workplaces and retail businesses. Expanding the COVID check-in mandate will allow NSW Health contact tracers real-time access to QR code data from a greater number of venues including supermarkets, retail stores, gyms and offices. While many businesses…

Build Business Back Better, proposed changes to employment lands

Cessnock businesses are being encouraged to ‘Have their say’ on complying development changes to employment lands. The Minister for Planning and Public Spaces, Rob Spokes announced proposed changes to the State Environmental Planning policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008 (Codes SEPP.) The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment has identified changes to Codes SEPP…

Changes announced for liquor laws

The NSW Government has announced changes will be implemented across a range of NSW’s liquor laws. The announcement came after key recommendations from the Joint Select Committee’s report on Sydney’s night time economy and modifications to NSW’s liquor laws were supported by the NSW Government late last year. According to the Cessnock City Liquor Accord…

First it was “Champagne,” now other foodstuffs to be renamed

Calling food and beverages produced in Australia by European names could be a thing of the past if the European Union (EU) has anything to say about it.   It started with champagne, now members of the EU want to review a long list of product names in the lead up to the Free Trade…

There have been changes to hospitality awards for staff termination pay

Changes to Restaurant and Wine Industry Awards

The Fair Work Commission has announced changes to both the Restaurant and Wine Industry Awards. The changes relate specifically to the timing of final wages and entitlements after termination, which came into effect on 6 September 2019. Restaurant Industry Award changes Casual employees must be paid all money owed at the end of their final…

A clean tax record is required to tender for major government contracts

Clean tax record required for government tender bids

New rules require companies to prove they have a clean tax record when tendering for major government contracts.   Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell welcomed the change, but said more needs to be done to protect small businesses subcontracted to these projects.     What do the new rules involve? From…

The ATO are targeting businesses illegally trading in cash

ATO targeting cash economy

The cash only, or black economy, is widespread in Australia. It was thought that it would be all but eliminated through the introduction of the GST, but it’s as prevalent as ever. While many think of it as a victimless crime, the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) understandably has a vastly different perspective. From 1 July…

the alternative to drink driving

New drink driving penalties. Will they affect your business?

New drink driving penalties came into effect on May 20, 2019. If you blow over .05 it now means an automatic suspension of your driver’s licence. What might the changes mean for businesses in the hospitality industry? And, at the same time, what can the industry do to ensure that it doesn’t affect their business?…

The gift that keeps on giving

There are fresh laws in place as of 2018 introducing new requirements for businesses who offer and accept gift cards. The NSW Government has introduced a mandatory minimum expiry period of three years for all gift cards and gift vouchers sold to consumers in NSW, per an amendment to the Fair Trading Act 1987. These amendments…