May, 2017

2017 Federal Budget for Small Business

May 12th, 2017

Small business has done well in this year’s federal budget. To encourage faster growth, an extension of the $20,000 instant asset tax write-off has been granted and a further $300 million will be provided to State Governments to reduce small business compliance costs. Companies will benefit from a $100 million advanced manufacturing fund to drive business growth to compete internationally. About half of this funding will be set aside for an Advanced Manufacturing Growth Fund to help the industry adjust […]

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The R&D Tax Incentive Makes It Through Federal Budget Cuts Unharmed

May 10th, 2017

As a relief to many, no adverse changes were proposed to the R&D Tax Incentive within the Federal Budget delivered by the government on May 9. The R&D Tax Incentive has played an important role in attracting investment to Australia, particularly in knowledge intensive industries. It has also provided small business valuable working capital in the early stages of their life cycle. The government is still yet to respond to the Ferris, Finkel & Fraser review which recommended potential adverse […]

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Australia’s First Indigenous Innovation Hub Opens in Cairns

May 9th, 2017

Founded by Indigenous entrepreneurs Leigh Harris and Julie-Ann Lambourne, Digital Hive (DHIVE) aims to achieve social equality in the digital age. The innovation hub opened on May 3 and will enable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, refugees, recent migrants, people with disabilities or anyone with a social and digital disadvantage to participate in and contribute to the growth of the digital economy. “We must be more innovative in the way we ensure that the benefits of the new digital economy […]

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Universities and the Start-up Economy

May 4th, 2017

There are more university graduates than ever and it turns out that they are driving Australia’s start-up economy.  A project between Universities Australia and Startup Muster found that 84% of Australian start-up founders have degrees. Many universities have restructured their courses to provide the next generation of graduates with the knowledge and resources to found their own businesses. It is becoming increasingly common for students to take courses in entrepreneurship and then develop a start-up business in conjunction with a […]

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