Hon Simon O'Brien MLC

Hon Simon O'Brien MLC

Former Minister for Finance; Commerce; Small Business

    State Budget 2012-13: Supporting our Community - Support for small business

    31/05/2012 12:00 AM
    • Additional $4.7m over 4 years for the Alternative Dispute Resolution service
    • Extension of funding for Small Business Centres
    • $128million payroll tax rebate for small business
    The State Government has reaffirmed its support for small business in Western Australia by increasing funding for the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) service to almost $5million over four years.

    As part of a multi-million-dollar package of assistance measures in the 2012-13 State Budget, including the $128million payroll tax rebate for small businesses with group payrolls of up to $3million, the Government has committed to additional recurrent funding for the ADR service of $925,000 in 2012-13, rising to $1.32million in 2015-16.

    Finance and Small Business Minister Simon O’Brien said the introduction of an ADR service, delivered by the Small Business Development Corporation (SBDC), had provided a fillip for many small businesses, particularly those involved in disputes.

    “The service provides a low-cost, uncomplicated means of resolving business disputes without the need to go to court,” Mr O’Brien said.

    “The aim is to reduce the vulnerability of small businesses in disputes, help them preserve ongoing relationships and get them back to business sooner.”

    Since the ADR service started on March 26, 2012 the Small Business Commissioner has received more than 600 dispute-related inquiries. Of these, 247 related to commercial tenancy matters, with the balance of the inquiries covering a broad range of matters relating to disputes between businesses, or between businesses and a government agency.

    In recognition of the cost pressures on Small Business Centres (SBCs) and the important role they play as service providers, the Government has also committed to maintaining the additional $500,000 funding commitment to SBCs across the State in 2012-13.

    The additional funding brings the Government’s total allocation to SBCs across the State to more than $3.6million in 2012-13.

           Fact File
    • Through the SBDC, the Govt has this year provided a range of initiatives including
    • Tourism BOOST program for small and medium tourism businesses
    • Aboriginal Business Unit, assisting Aboriginal business owners to start & develop small businesses
    • Funding for 25 small business centres located throughout metropolitan & regional areas
    • To find about more about the SBDC, visit http://www.smallbusiness.wa.gov.au/ 

     WA Budget statements are available at http://ourstatebudget.wa.gov.au

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