Small biz budget asks

Luke Achterstraat, CEO, Council of Small Business Organisations Australia

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It’s budget time, so what is Australia’s enormous small business sector expecting — particularly given the state of the economy. Well, CEO of the Council of Small Business Organisations (COSBOA), Luke Achterstraat, discusses the pressing issues facing small businesses and their expectations from the upcoming federal budget.

Luke outlines two main areas of interest: short-term relief, including energy cost reduction and cash payments, to alleviate the immediate financial strain on small businesses. COSBOA has also asked the government to institute long-term strategies like procurement reform and deregulation to ensure sustained growth over the next 3 to 5 years. It all highlights the need for government support to navigate the challenges faced by small businesses in the current economic climate.