Industry Updates


ANF meeting with Federal Small Business Minister in Canberra this week

The ANF CEO and Policy Manager are meeting with Federal Small Business Minister Kelly O'Dwyer MP this Wednesday to brief her on our industry and to discuss issues including; the current review of misuse of market power, the roll out of Unfair Contract Terms Legislation, workplace relations reform and issues such as improving productivity and innovation in small business.

Whilst they are in Canberra, they are also meeting the Australian Small Business Commissioner Mark Brennan, the ACCC, Shadow Small Business Minister Michelle Rowland MP, representatives of the Minister for Environment and the CEO of the Council of Small Business of Australia.


ANF appointed to ATO Small Business Liaison Group

In some more good news for members, our advocacy efforts have led to the ANF being appointed to a second influential advisory committee, after recently also being appointed to the ACCC Small Business and Franchising Consultative Committee for two years. ANF CFO Michael Renshaw has been appointed as a group member of the ATO Small Business Liaison Group for the 2016 and 2017 calendar years.

This new appointment will enable us to provide regular feedback and seek support on issues impacting members in their dealings with the ATO and on general tax issues and compliance. The next Small Business Liaison Group meeting will be held in April 2016.


Small Business Tax

Small businesses have access to a range of tax concessions, including the additional concessions announced in the 2015 budget such as instant asset write-offs, Capital Gains Tax roll-overs, income tax discounts and Fringe Benefits Tax concessions. It may be worth chatting with you accountant around the four items below that could benefit you, your team and your business.

1. Instant asset write-off - simpler depreciation rules


Australian Small Business and Family Ombudsman

Kate Carnell AO has been appointed as the inaugural Australian Small Business and Family Ombudsman.

The ANF feels this is a favourable appointment as Kate is very experienced, through her role at ACCI and as a former ACT chief minister-she understands very well the current challenges for small businesses.


ANF Policy Update

With an election year upon us, the process of government did not stop over the Christmas period and we are entering the year with a range of reform consultations being finalised.

A final consultation is underway for Section 46-Misuse of Market Power, which is the most contested section of the Harper competition reforms that the government are still considering. The reform of Section 46 is the line between big business and small business and is a much contested area. The ANF has been very involved in the consultation process through a range of submissions and face-to-face consultations and we have been asked to attend one of two round tables in Melbourne on Wednesday. This is being chaired by Federal Small Business Minister Kelly O'Dwyer MP and a range of small and very large business interests have been invited, including: Insurance Australia Group, RBB Economics, Woolworths, Australian Newsagents' Federation, Business Council of Australia, AUSVEG, Australian Industry Group, Law Council-SME Committee, CHOICE, Australian Dairy Farmers, Independent Contractors Australia, ACCC, Treasury, Wesfarmers, Minter Ellison, Telstra, Council of Small Business Australia, Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, National Farmers' Federation and Master Grocers Australia. The discussion will be to flesh out options presented in a discussion paper last year, which we will provide a submission to by 12 February. We expect big businesses to push back hard and it will be a hard fight to get meaningful reform that will help provide equity for small business and curb big businesses unfairly using its market power.


ANF initiative provides peace of mind for distribution agents in the ACT

An ANF initiative has got the wrapping machines for six ACT newsagents and one Goulburn newsagent back into top working order, while setting up a structure for long term servicing peace of mind.

After 12 months of negotiation and organisation, the Ronaii Wrapping Machine Technician from Aldus Engineering, Sydney, spent four days servicing 21 wrapping machines for a group of Newsagents in the ACT and Goulburn, during December. Four of these agents deliver close to half the papers in the ACT/Queanbeyan area. While servicing the machines the technician provided training for two local Canberra residents, and explained the processes he used and how to fix many issues, while also developing their skills in routine servicing and maintenance.


MPA magazine promotion to commence on 1 February

A statement from the MPA:

The promotion's objective is to boost sales in the newsagency channel and show support for this channel, which is important to the magazine industry. The promotion will run from 1 February to 1 April 2016, across the weeklies, home and food titles-each category will be the focus of the promotion for a month. The promotions are in line with target audience needs, like 'win a car' for the weeklies, 'win kitchen appliances' for home titles and 'win food safaris' for the food titles. The mechanics of the promotion-if you buy two or more magazines you get 10 entries, so it is more appealing to by more than one magazine. The promotion utilises proven results from past promotions across the three publishers, as we are able to identify what has worked in the past.


Communication from XIT regarding changes at Network Services

Communication sent to newsagents by XchangeIT:

Dear Newsagents

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