PAYMENT terms and times for Far North Queensland small businesses are currently in the spotlight thanks to an Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Inquiry, Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch says.
“When I travel around the electorate and meet with local small businesses, I’m told that cash-flow and payment terms are among the biggest issues small businesses face,” Mr Entsch said.
“I appreciate that that cash flow is king for small businesses and this inquiry is asking for feedback from small businesses right across the country to make sure that payment terms are fair for Australia’s 2.1 million small businesses.
“Now is the time for local small business owners and operators to have their say about levelling the playing field on payment terms and ensuring small business bills are paid on time.”
The first self-initiated inquiry of the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman since the Turnbull-Joyce Government established the watchdog in March 2016, Ombudsman Kate Carnell’s inquiry follows nation-wide consultation on issues affecting small business during 2016.
Small Business Minister Michael McCormack praised the Ombudsman’s initiative and encouraged small business owners to have their say.
“The feedback we are all hearing from small business highlights why this inquiry into late payments and other adverse payment practices is necessary. It’s vital that Australian small businesses take the opportunity to have their say so we can help strengthen the sector into the future,” Mr McCormack said.
The Ombudsman will also seek input from State and Territory Governments and Authorities, State Small Business Commissioners, the Council of Small Businesses Australia and the Australian Institute of Credit Management, as well as businesses large and small.
The Ombudsman’s survey is open until the end of February 2017 and can be accessed here: http://asbfeo.gov.au/inquiries/payment-times-and-practices/business-survey
The Ombudsman will present her report to Minister McCormack in March 2017.