Past Issues

COSBOA October 2019 Update

We had another eventful month in October with our AGM and Council Meeting taking place at the Hotel Kurrajong on the 16th.  The other very exciting event was the launch of the website for the Academy for Enterprising Girls, a project that our partners at 89 Degrees East have been working on for the past year... Read more

COSBOA September 2019 Update

September was a relatively calm month after the flurry of activity that was August. The month began with two sitting weeks which we made the most of by meeting with relevant ministers and members of Parliament. A big topic for discussion was... Read more

COSBOA August 2019 Update

9th September 2019

I always say that the month was busy but August 2019 was particularly hectic for COSBOA (in a good way of course), and not just because of our National Small Business Summit. The first exciting development from August...

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COSBOA July 2019 Update

5th August 2019

There's a special announcement at the end of this preamble, so make sure to read all the way to the bottom. Also, our National Small Business Summit is coming up on the 29th and 30th of August in Melbourne. Don't forget to register!

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COSBOA June 2019 Update

2nd July 2019

Happy financial new year! It's now everyone's favourite time of the year - tax time. This month COSBOA had several interesting meetings with a variety of stakeholders in the small business sector...

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COSBOA May 2019 Update

3rd June 2019

Well, a month ago I thought that I would be begin this newsletter by congratulating Labor, but things didn’t turn out as most pundits (me too) had expected. A big congratulations to Scott Morrison and the Coalition for an unexpected win...

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COSBOA April 2019 Update

7th May 2019

In between all the public holidays and consumption of chocolate eggs this month we managed to get things done. First of all (and speaking of sweet things) we had the federal budget on the 2nd of April...

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COSBOA March 2019 Update

1st April 2019

March has been a very busy month packed with events. I might as well have moved to Melbourne for the month as that was where most of the action occurred...

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COSBOA February 2019 Update

5th March 2019

The month of February started off with a bang when we received Justice Hayne’s final report from the Royal Commission into the Banking and Finance Sectors...

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COSBOA January 2019 Update

6th February 2019

Perhaps belatedly but Happy New Year! This year, already, it seems like everyone wants a piece of small business. Our sector is seen as a key to electoral success and also a key to credibility for advocates and influencers...

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COSBOA November 2018 Update

4th December 2018

This month there have been not one, not two, but three major announcements by the Government that COSBOA is very excited about...

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COSBOA October 2018 Update

5th November 2018

This month has been another busy one for COSBOA. It kicked off with a candidate's forum in the seat of Wentworth run by the Australian Traditional Medicine Society...

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COSBOA September 2018 Update

8th October 2018

This month kicked off with meetings with our new ministers up at Parliament House, as well as the new PM. I spent a good amount of time talking to Michaelia Cash, our Small Business Minister...

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COSBOA August 2018 Update

6th September 2018

What a month August was. Despite all the commotion in Canberra, we managed to get Small Business back into the Cabinet Room - something that must be celebrated...

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COSBOA July 2018 Update

1st August 2018

It has been another busy month for us, and as always for small business people. One interesting event was the Women’s Economic Security Roundtable which I co-chaired with the head of the Office for Women...

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COSBOA June 2018 Update

6th July 2018

This month we have seen a number of wins for small business in Australia. From the new Small Business Hub to Labor's tax poliicy, there are signs that collective voice for small business is strong in Australia...

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COSBOA May 2018 Update

4th June 2018

What a month! We have had a big win with e-Invoicing (see below), the Royal Commission investigating small business loans, and preparation for our Roundtable with the ATO on the definition of a contractor...

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COSBOA April 2018 Update

30th April 2018

Banks, finance, and lending! This has been the theme of April for COSBOA and will continue next month as the Royal Commission focuses on SME lending...

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COSBOA March 2018 Update

COSBOA February 2018 Update

COSBOA November 2017 Update

COSBOA October 2017 Update

COSBOA September 2017 Update

COSBOA August 2017 Update

COSBOA July 2017 Update