Small business helpline hits milestone
Minister for Small Business and Assistant Treasurer Kelly O'Dwyer has announced that the government's workplace relations Small Business Helpline has received more than 300,000 calls.
The helpline was established to assist with issues including wages, modern awards and conditions of employment under the Fair Work Act 2009.
"The helpline provides a priority service for the more than two million small business operators to access fast and reliable information," Ms O’Dwyer said.
"The free service was established by the coalition government in December 2013 and a team of experts advisers have been providing quality advice," she added.
If small businesses have questions, or are unsure about the laws that relate to their workplace, they are encouraged to call the helpline.
The establishment of the helpline serves as part of a broader initiative from the government to assist small business, including:
- the first Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman;
- an immediate deductibility of assets costing less than $20,000;
- immediate deductibility of professional expenses for new small businesses; and
- cutting red tape on small business by simplifying the process for establishing and maintaining an employee share scheme.