Release type: Media Release


Minister welcomes Ombudsman input to make workplace relations simpler for small business


The Hon Craig Laundy MP
Minister for Small and Family Business, the Workplace and Deregulation
Member for Reid

Minister for Small and Family Business, the Workplace and Deregulation, Craig Laundy, today welcomed a position paper from the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO) on small business and workplace relations.

"The ASBFEO paper provides a constructive contribution as the Government considers ways to make the system easier for small and family business operators and their employees.

"I'm also actively engaging with the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) and Fair Work Commission to consider how we can reduce the complexities faced by small business. There is more we can do to back small businesses and support them to navigate the system.

"For example, this week the FWO launched its Small Business Showcase, an online hub with information on hiring, paying and managing employees, as well as record keeping.

"This builds on the FWO's Small Business Helpline which has taken half a million calls since it launched at the end of 2013. The FWO also offers a Pay and Conditions Tool that uses simple questions to generate workplace advice tailored to specific employees.

"I know that the Fair Work Commission has also recently focused on gaining a deeper understanding of the needs and experiences of the small businesses it serves.

"We'll continue working with the Small Business Ombudsman on her proposals and consult more widely to ensure our workplace relations system works for all Australians.

"We have also introduced legislation to simplify the system, including the removal of burdensome modern award reviews and the requirement for the Commission to reject Enterprise Agreements for minor technical and process breaches.

"Unfortunately Labor continues to play politics and block these important measures, despite them having the support of both business and the ACTU," Minister Laundy said.

Call the Fair Work lnfoline on 13 13 94 and follow the prompts for small business priority service. Information on the Fair Work Ombudsman's Small Business Showcase can be found here: