Small business policy
The Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business is responsible for a suite of initiatives to support small business, enterprise development, and ensure that small business interests are reflected in Australia’s broader economic reform.
Assistance for small business
The business.gov.au website is a single point of information and advice for business. It provides tips, tools, templates, how-to guides and referral services to help small businesses improve their business sustainability and management practices. It is accessible via web chat, online enquiry and telephone (13 28 46). Business.gov.au puts Australian businesses first and has simplified and streamlined access to information and advice. For the latest news and information for small business, subscribe to business.gov.au email updates or follow business.gov.au on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
The ASBAS program is the Government’s primary small business advisory initiative, delivered around Australia. It aims to enhance the capabilities of business advisory service providers to deliver low cost, high quality advisory services to small businesses. Visit our ASBAS Digital Solutions page to find more information on the program.
Small Business Digital Champions Project
100 small businesses across Australia will receive a digital transformation valued up to $20,000 as part of the Small Business Digital Champions Project. The project will showcase the digital transformations of the 100 businesses to inspire and inform other business owners about how to go digital. 15 of the 100 businesses will further be selected to become Digital Champions and will be paired with a high-profile Australian innovator who will provide them with advice and guidance throughout their digital transformation. Visit our Small Business Digital Champions page to find more information about the project.
Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman
The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman commenced operation on 11 March 2016.
The role of the ASBFEO is to:
- Advocate for small businesses and family enterprises;
- Provide access to dispute resolution services; and
- Ensure government policies are small business ‘friendly’.
The Ombudsman replaces the former office of the Australian Small Business Commissioner.
Small business reforms
- Achieving Best Practice Consultation with Small Business: a guide for government
This guide intends to encourage agencies to design policies or regulatory proposals that deliver improved outcomes for Australian small business.
- Backing Small Business: Creating jobs, opportunity and growth June 2018
- Australian Government pay on-time survey performance report 2018
- Australia is a member of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Working Party on Small and Medium Enterprises and Entrepreneurship.
- Australia is a member of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Small and Medium Enterprises Working Group and collaborates with other APEC working groups.