A lobby group has launched a campaign aimed at forcing the federal government to address the “unnecessary and complicated compliance” which puts a drain on the efficiency and productivity of Australian businesses, particularly in relation to regulation.
The Council of Small Business Organisations Australia (COSBOA) has launched a “Fair to Small Business, Good for Everyone” campaign in light of the upcoming federal election.
For COSBOA, “overly complex” policies and regulation compliance restrict small business, often because of a one-size-fits-all approach to policy and regulation.
COSBOA argues that the small business community of approximately 2 million employers and 4.7 million workers should have more tailored rules, requirements and support.
“Too often small businesses are treated as though they are a small version of a big business or are treated as though they are all inadequate, dishonest or unworthy. We must challenge these beliefs and change these attitudes,” said chief executive Peter Strong.
“Having a one-size-fits-all approach to policies doesn’t work. Our aim is to have government officials create small business policies that are sensible and easy to navigate. By reducing the complexity, it will ease the burden on small businesses and be good for everyone.”
The campaign aims to shed light on issues which are particular to small business, including access to finance, affordable energy, local infrastructure such as transport, and access to education.
Mr Strong also took aim at the amount of red tape small businesses are subjected to.
“The more compliance activity small business people are required to do for governments and for regulators, the less secure the small businesses are. Unnecessary and complicated compliance remains a drain on productivity,” he said.
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