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As a result of borders being shut down, there are concerns about the availability of backpacker/seasonal workers for primary industry requirements. Work is underway to ensure we have enough workers to harvest/muster/pack our produce and get it to the stores. The federal government will be increasing visa flexibility, both for working holiday visas, and the Pacific Labour Scheme for those workers remaining in Australia.Read More
2020 is expected to be a significant year of change for Work Health and Safety (WHS) and Workers’ Compensation regulation. There are currently a number of reviews and inquiries assessing change options, as well as the ongoing review of the model WHS laws.Read More
Grants are available to eligible Western Australian owned and operated small to medium enterprises (SME's), Asian business councils and industry associations working in any of the six priority sectors identified by Western Australia’s Asian Engagement Strategy 2019-2030: Our future with Asia.Read More
The final report into Remote Area Tax Concessions and Payments has been released by the Productivity Commission: This report was released on 26 February 2020 and it looks at the effects of the zone tax offset, remote area allowance and remote area concessions for fringe benefits tax on people and businesses in remote areas. The report makes recommendations on whether these remote area tax concessions and payments should continue and, if so, what form they should take.Read More
If you have a dispute with another small business or government department, the SBDC can help you settle the issue without having to take it to court. The service is easy to access, affordable, confidential and generally resolves disputes quickly, allowing you to get back to running your business sooner.Read More
In 2013, the government established the Package Assisting Small Exporters to improve market access for small exporters in the dairy, fish, eggs, grain, plant, horticulture, meat and animal product industries. The program commenced with approximately $10 million available for funding projects that directly benefitted small exporters, particularly those that would improve market access for small exporters. A further $0.45 million was made available from 2017–18 for distribution over the period 2017-18 to 2021-22.Read More
WA Agrifood and Beverage voucher program supports Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) increase resilience and sustainability, competitiveness and scale, export preparedness, and assist develop strategies to capture market opportunities and overcome challenges.Read More