Around Australia with small business

Media Release
  • Minister for Small and Family Business, Skills and Vocational Education
  • Senator for Western Australia

Minister for Small and Family Business, Skills and Vocational Education Senator Michaelia Cash will be travelling over the next two weeks to small and family businesses around Australia to experience and hear from small businesses across the country.

Minister Cash will be visiting Adelaide, Perth, Albany, Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast and Rockhampton, meeting and working with small and family businesses from diverse sectors and discussing policies that will ensure they are able to prosper, grow and employ more Australians.

“I’ll be visiting as many small businesses as possible -  including retailers, workshops, pubs, cafes, building sites and farms, to experience their operations and understand the issues that affect them” Minister Cash said.

“Australians have heard a lot about the ‘big end of town.’ My focus is on small and family business – the engine room of the Australian economy.

“Small and family businesses are the lifeblood of our regional communities, our suburbs, our industry and our economy.

“There are 2.2 million small businesses in Australia employing 4.8 million people.

“They’re 97 per cent of all business in the country and employ 44 per cent of the business workforce.”

Minister Cash said small and family businesses are essential to our economic narrative.

“Small and family businesses deserve a fair go. We need to ensure we have a policy framework that enables them to do what they do best – create jobs for Australians.

“Whether it be lower taxes, cutting red tape or helping them train and skill our future workforce – the Liberal National Government backs small and family businesses every step of the way.”

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