Small Business Policy The Two Main Parties Stand

We are now within just four weeks before the presidential election. And the two main parties policies for small businesses are taking form. A lot of the information included in these policies is not new. However it is worth taking a to look over the diverse policies and their potential impact on small-sized businesses.

The Policies Of The Government Parties

It is believed that the Australian Labor Party (ALP) has centered. Its small business policy on a repackaging the previous announcements. The most notable of these is the move to elevate the portfolio of small businesses. To the cabinet’s interior as well as the appointment of Mark Brennan as the Federal Small Business Commissioner.

Both initiatives are welcomed. Mark Brennan is an excellent candidate for this position. However, he doesn’t have the legislative power or resources of the department that must be available to the position. This is something I’ve previously written about in The Conversation.

The problem facing the federal government is that, since that last election in 2010. We have witnessed the constant revolving doors in the form of business and small-business ministers. At first, there were Senator Nick Sherry (2010-2011), then Mark Arbib (2011-2012). And then Brendan O’Connor (2012-2013), Chris Bowen (2013) and the present Gary Gray.

While the ministerial position was transferred to the internal cabinet after. The appointment of Brendan O’Connor, the continuous rotating of ministers is problematic. It hinders good policy making and hinders ministers ability to stay to the top of the job.

The government also offers small businesses the chance to get tax advantages as part of the tax on asset. Write-offs that is instantaneous reforms (to be limit to $6,500) as well as the tax carry-back reforms. But, these announcements came from the 2012 budget by Wayne Swan. They’re also bundle with support for small businesses via the helpline and Enterprise Connect.

Council Of Australian Business Parties

Other policies that are part of the ALP include the integration. By the Council of Australian Business (COBOA) into the dialog within COAG. Council of Australian Governments (COAG). However, this is not an entirely new thing. COSBOA was grant a seat at the table during 2012 COAG discussions that focus upon meeting the red tape challenge.

The ALP has also announced that employees who have made vexatious. Complaints in relation to Fair Work Australia to have to cover the costs. This is an excellent initiative but it doesn’t really solve the basic issues. That surround our federal system of industrial relations.

Then, there’s the responsibility by the Productivity Commission to examine the method of interaction between small businesses and the regulators. The policy was that was announce at the end of December in the name of Brendan O’Connor and design to create an report card on the effect of federal and state regulations on costs for small businesses.

The draft report of the Productivity Commission was release in July of this year. It contains some helpful suggestions and observations. The majority of them are straightforward and all boil down to the government institutions making the regulations user-friendly for small-sized businesses, specifically those that comprise sole-traders. These recommendations are a great start for any new government however, getting these changes implement will be the biggest problem.

The Opposition’s Policy

The Liberal National Party (LNP) offers a broader array of policies designed to appeal to the small and medium-sized business community. In contrast to Labor The Liberals also have an constant deputy minister in the shadow to Small Business in Bruce Billson who took on the post in the year 2010.

The Coalition’s Policy for Small Business statement that was release this month details 23 policies. They can be classified into at a minimum four main areas including advocates, regulation reforms direct support, financial measures and infrastructure.

Advocacy Parties

In terms of advocacy , the LNP proposes moving the portfolio of the minister for small businesses to the cabinet’s inner chambers. This is already being by Labor but one of the major differences will be the move of the portfolio for small businesses in within the Department of Treasury. Although it is a unique site for the portfolio and could result in some difficulties in implementation and repercussions, the move could give small businesses an advantage in Canberra.

Other initiatives that aim to increase the influence of small-sized businesses is that the industry is appoint representatives into major economic bodies, such as the Board of Taxation, The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and Fair Work Australia. This will be follow through the appointment of an Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman who will have more power.

Based on how the new initiatives are implement, they could be a welcome change since it could make a stronger advocates for small businesses. The capacity to work with existing small-business commissioners from states like NSW, South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia could provide some crucial coordination across the nation of small business policies.

Open Letter To Successful New Position To Get Small Business

We wish you a happy and successful new position and would like to we welcome you to our smaller business section of the portfolio. The letter we send you is written in an attitude of trust from two individuals with an extensive history of working with small companies as counselors, educators as well as consultants and researchers.

Numerous previous small business ministers were criticize for their ignorance of this vast and complicate sector of the economy. So, how are you going to get small business? This is our guide to the areas you need to be focusing on.

Small-Scale Businesses Are Crucial To The Economic System Position

We recommend that you and your Cabinet first recognize the importance of small businesses for the economic health. Small – to medium-sized enterprises make up nearly 90% of all businesses within Australia and employ approximately 65 percent of the population.

It’s a community comprise of approximately 2 million small-business owners with a workforce of around 5 million. Everyone is a voter and all have an interest in the policies you put in place by your government for small businesses. Let’s be aware of that while we move forward.

Small-Scale Business Isn’t An Industry, It’s About People

Consider small businesses as a group and not as a business. Small-scale businesses are present in every industry sector. The one thing they share with small-sized businesses, small-sized retailers, and service companies is that they are all small.

Small companies are closely joined groups of individuals working together to earn money by taking good care of the employees and pay their bills and take care of their clients and have time to spend time with their families. Small business owners typically are employed for long hours. For instance 64% of small-business employees work over 40 hours per week, and 36% of them work over 50 hours.

Small-scale businesses aren’t like corporations. They are people who are trying to make money through effort and business. The majority of micro businesses are small enterprises which employ just the owner. The owners are risk-averse and create jobs and wealth They generally demand only an equal amount. Consider them as individuals rather than organisations.

Fight Red Tape It’s About Fighting For Fairness Position

It is important not to fall into thinking that the main issue for small-sized businesses has to do with red tape. This the approach taken from many your previous leaders. It’s the principal stance advocate by small-business lobbyists reporters, journalists and radio announcers. While you may believe that small businesses are averse to the red tape, they don’t think of it as a problem.

Regulations, compliancesand licencing systems , taxation and compliance are all an integral part of operating the business. Comparatively to many other countries, Australia is home to some among the best structures of government. In the eyes of the United Nations we are a pioneer in the field of electronic government.

If you’re looking to reduce administrative burdens, the first step is to tackle the ongoing absence of coordination between federal and state jurisdictions. Every industry will face with challenges and your responsibility should to make sure that the best interests of small businesses taken into in any changes.

Small businesses’ ability to obtain bank loans at attractive interest rates should be a top important consideration. The major banks of our country were able to receive significant support from your administration during the Global Financial Crisis. They’re among the top profitable banks around the globe but they have the potential. To reduce costs of financing for small-scale businesses.

Connecting The Digital Divide And Gaps In Skills Position

The launch of the National Broadband Network is another chance for you. The March 2012 Sensis Small Business Index increasing digital presence through digital technologies was the top prioritization for this year.

Future policies of the government should focus on helping small-sized businesses to get online and expand their e-business capabilities. Utilizing online technology to create one-stop entry point to Federal as well as State agencies will reduce the cost of compliance. The data can made available to users for free, which can assist small business. Owners by providing research on market trends, benchmarking of industry and networking.

It is also recommend to increase funding for professional small-scale business education and training programs. These are require to include group and individual mentoring as well as coaching assistance.

Stop the current overlap of Federal as well as State programs, and move funding towards. The local level through existing small business assistance agencies. Promote more small business education and training at the colleges and universities.

Small Business Fetishism Could Cost Us Jobs Post-Pandemic

Small business are the engine room of Australia, the backbone of our economy, the hope of the side. They were employed by the former treasurer. Now premier Scott Morrison to justify special treatment for small-sized businesses A position which is shared by all leaders in every political party, from Labor through One Nation to the Australian Greens

It’s the same belief that is behind an array of subsidy and grants, as well as free advice programs. And preferential tax treatment, such as

  • Tax exemptions for payroll tax
  • A lower company tax
  • Tax breaks on personal income for individuals who are not incorporate
  • Exemptions under prescribed situations exempted from tax on capital gains
  • Capital investments that are tax-deductible up-front

simpler arrangements to pay the tax on goods and services. What’s unique concerning this engine room of the economy theory is the total lack of evidence to support it. The advocates point out the huge amount of employees working in small companies.

Based on the Bureau of Statistics most recent count (in which small companies are define as having less. Then 20 workers) the number of employees was 4.67 million people at June 30, 2020. This is equivalent to 37.7 percent of the total workforce.

The Engine Room That Eliminates Jobs

The thing that is not often discuss is the fact that the figure of 4.67 million is less than. It has been every single one of the last 13 years. In no time over the last 13 years has more Australians worked in small enterprises than June 2007. Instead of being the main engine of jobs, small-scale business has been responsible. For job loss by not creating a single net new job the last 13 years.

The number of small-sized companies employed has dropped 6.3 percent over the past 13 years, during which employment in medium-sized enterprises has grown by 46.4 percent and the number of employees in large enterprises has risen by 48.4 percent. Also, the instant asset write-off advanced to small-sized businesses in the 2015-16 budget contributed to boosting the amount of capital expenditures made by small companies.

Capital expenditures for fixed assets of small-sized businesses decreased by 16.1 percent in the period between 2014-2015 (the year prior to the immediate writing-off of assets) between 2014-15 and the year 2018-19 (the year prior to the pandemic) This is a far greater reduction than that in capital expenditures by medium-sized enterprises (2.7 percent) and large companies (6 6 percent). Another myth that is widely believed is that small companies are more creative.

Inefficient, Less Creative Business

Although some small-sized businesses are innovative, ABS studies of innovation activity have repeatedly found that small companies are more likely to not engage in any kind of ingenuous activities than large or medium-sized enterprises. Smaller businesses have lower productivity firms than larger ones.

The ABS estimates the gross value added per employee in small-sized business at around $24,000 that’s 21% less than that of all companies for 2019-20. The value added per employee for large firms was $41,000, which is 36% more than the average.

The lower productivity could be a reason that, in the year 2019-20, small companies paid their employees just 35 percent less than the average salary or wage paid by all companies. Medium-size companies were paid around 12percent more, while big companies paid nearly 34 percent more.

The obvious conclusion that I have outlined more thoroughly in my latest article of The Australian National University journal Agenda is. That the commonly held notion that small-sized businesses are an engine room of the economy. Is in fact a lie and so is the implication that providing more assistance to small companies just because they’re small is an effective option to boost employment, investment, as well as economic development.

Not Many People Are Keen To Pay Business Tax

One thing that small-scale businesses aren’t particularly adept at is paying the mandatory tax. It is report that the Australian Taxation Office Tax Gap program reveals. That small companies (which they define as having who earn up to $10 million annually) were able to pay only 86.3 percent. Of their personal and company tax they ought to have paid had they completely complied with the rules of tax law for 2018-19.

This is greater than any tax gap estimated for by the ATO. The ATO found that wealthy individuals willingly paying 91.4 percent of what would paid had they adhere to the rules. Large corporations paid 91.7%.

According to the Tax Office numbers suggest small companies made up 49 percent of what it defines as uncollected tax. Large corporations and wealthy individuals made up only 10 percent and the tax office estimates 3%

This is also strikingly in contrast to the widely-held belief that small-sized businesses are discriminate against. Through the ATO and that the fiscal issues in Australia would be solve. If the only the top end of town was paying their fair share of tax.

During The Pandemic, Smaller Companies Needed Help

However, that doesn’t mean the vast assistance given to small-scale businesses during COVID-19 was not justified. Small-scale businesses comprise an disproportionately large portion of all the sectors. That were most severely affect by the restrictions that were impose to thwart COVID-19. Hospitality is one of them.

If governments had not provided the massive support to small-scale businesses that they did and it is very likely. That the economy would have shrunk by more as well as. The rate of unemployment would’ve been higher to a higher level in the middle of the year. It is crucial to make sure that this support doesn’t get root.

Policies that extend the life of small enterprises which are, as we have noted generally. Have lower productivity that larger enterprises can slow the pace at. Which production elements are able to shift to more productive use within the industries and across the entire economy.