Past Issues

COSBOA November 2021 Update

3 December 2021

"The end of the year is approaching fast. In the lead up to Christmas it's going to be so important for consumers to support their local small businesses. It's heartening to see so many people, from politicians to local chambers, promoting the Go Local First message - thank you to everyone who has engaged with the campaign this month."

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COSBOA October 2021 Update

3 November 2021

"Many small business owners had reason to celebrate this month after lockdowns were lifted in NSW, Victoria and the ACT. We encourage you all to show your local small businesses some love, especially those that have been closed over the last few months..."

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COSBOA September 2021 Update

5 October 2021

"The most exciting news from COSBOA this month is that, with the support of Commonwealth Bank, Transurban, and GoFundMe, we're administering a grant program for micro-businesses based in Victoria called Doing it Tough. Too many small businesses, especially micro-businesses and sole traders, have slipped through the cracks of the government support on offer."

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COSBOA August 2021 Update

2 September 2021

"Another month of lockdown has passed. As attention shifts from case numbers to vaccination rates, there has been a lot of talk about whether employers should make vaccination a condition of employment."

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COSBOA July 2021 Update

4 August 2021

"July has been an absolutely devastating time for small businesses, particularly in Greater Sydney. We also saw Victoria and South Australia go into their own lockdowns, which thankfully were not as long as New South Wales’."

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COSBOA June 2021 Update

6 July 2021

"Hello COSBOA subscribers! If you haven’t already heard, our CEO of 10 years, Peter Strong, is on leave. My name is Alexi Boyd and I’m the Interim CEO for the months of June, July, and August. You might know me as the host of the Small Biz Matters community radio show and podcast. You can read more about me and my background here."

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COSBOA May 2021 Update

3 June 2021

"When you're reading this I'll be on leave  — quite a surreal thought. If you missed the memo, Alexi Boyd will be COSBOA's interim CEO while I'm away for three months. The month of May has ended with Melbourne re-entering lockdown  — a tragedy for the thousands of small businesses who barely survived last year's experience..."

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COSBOA April 2021 Update

4 May 2021

"April was a bit of an eclectic month for COSBOA with no one single issue taking centre stage - a nice change of pace.
There was IR, of course, and the aftermath of the omnibus bill..."

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COSBOA March 2021 Update

1 April 2021

"It's been yet another hectic month. We got a new small business ombudsman and a new small business minister, all against a backdrop of industrial relations reform, national discussions on sexism, once-in-100-year floods, the end of JobKeeper, and a snap lockdown in Brisbane."

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COSBOA February 2021 Update

4 March 2021

"With the first sitting weeks of the year taking place this month, the biggest topic of February has been industrial relations and, specifically, the IR Omnibus Bill. COSBOA wants the Omnibus Bill to pass because we believe the changes in it will give small business owners more confidence to employ people..."

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COSBOA January 2021 Update

3 February 2021

"Happy new year everyone. A short update to kick off the year. Things were finally looking up in our last update, which of course was right before the Northern Beaches went into lockdown and border closures and associated chaos started up again. And now we have Perth under lockdown because of one case."

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COSBOA December 2020 Update

17 December

"Merry Christmas on behalf of the team at COSBOA. Obviously we know what 2020's been like but on the positive side we've seen so much cooperation, so many people supporting each other, and a real sense of community. Let's hope we can continue this way in 2021 and beyond."

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COSBOA November 2020 Update

3 December 2020

"This month things finally settled down, allowing us to draw our attention to non COVID-related issues. Well, except the brief panic about South Australia, which looked like it was going to be almost as hopeless as..."

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COSBOA October 2020 Update

3 November 2020

"The month of October 2020 kicked off with the federal budget, the first since the bushfire and coronavirus crises.
There are some great ideas for small business, but they won't work as intended unless local business communities get involved in their implementation."

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COSBOA September 2020 Update

2 October 2020

"The month began with the passing of two important pieces of legislation: the IR provisions for JobKeeper and the Payment Times Reporting framework. They're both big wins for small business. Kate Carnell's office was instrumental in making late payment times into the important issue it is today. Well done."

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COSBOA August 2020 Update

3 September 2020

"It's another long and serious update this month but there's some humour at the end if you read all the way through (I promise).

First off, this is the first August in a long time that COSBOA's National Small Business Summit hasn't taken place. For obvious reasons it wasn't feasible this year - let's hope that next year things are different." Read more

COSBOA July 2020 Update

4 August 2020

What is happening in Victoria is awful. It's a critical time for small business people everywhere, but especially in the Melbourne area. Here is what we think should be done to assist small businesses affected by stage 4 restrictions.

Of course the biggest news for small business in the month of July was the announcement of the JobKeeper Extension..."

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COSBOA June 2020 Update

3 July 2020

"I have to admit it's getting hard to make these newsletters positive and lighthearted like they used to be.

I'm back at Parliament House this month because orange passes are working again - hallelujah. (*Insert Leonard Cohen reference*). And good thing too, because it's a crucial time for small business."

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COSBOA May 2020 Update

3 June 2020

"2020: what a crazy time to be on this planet.

COVID-19 restrictions started easing around the country this month with lots of discussion and planning for more of them to be eased in June..."

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COSBOA April 2020 Update

5 May 2020

April was yet another month dominated by the COVID-19 crisis. For small business, the main focus was the JobKeeper payment which has had everyone on their toes. It's (not surprisingly) not perfect, but most of the feedback from our members has been positive..."

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COSBOA March 2020 Update

3 April 2020

"March 2020 is not the month that we expected to have. At the beginning of the month we held a roundtable for members to discuss potential impacts of COVID-19 on small businesses, but none of us envisaged the virus putting much of the world into lock down as quickly as it did. COSBOA has been doing its best to advocate for the needs of small businesses during this difficult time..."

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COSBOA February 2020 Update

5th March 2020

"First off I want to acknowledge that many of us in the small business community have had a tough start to the year, first with the bushfire crisis and now the looming threat of a COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. Back in January we called a roundtable of our members to discuss how best to respond to the fires and earlier this week we held a similar meeting about COVID-19..."

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COSBOA January 2020 Update: bushfire edition

23 Jan 2020

"In the wake of the destructive fires of December and January, we decided to dedicate our January newsletter to information about the crisis. The COSBOA team are horrified and deeply saddened by the events and their impact, direct and indirect, on small businesses and their communities."

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COSBOA November 2019 Update

2nd December 2019

November 2019 has been a good month for small business policy and I think it's safe to say that COSBOA can take some of the credit for that. The month kicked off with the launch of research report commissioned by NBN Co, "Connecting Australia: How technology is levelling the playing field for small business in Australia"...

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COSBOA October 2019 Update

4th November 2019

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...

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COSBOA September 2019 Update

4th October 2019

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...

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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

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