16 October 2023
The provision of credit to small business is critical to the success of the economy and the prosperity of Australians, and ABA members are committed to the success of Australia’s small business sector.
The ABA acknowledges AFCA’s work in developing a public approach to small business lending and understands that AFCA’s intention in publishing its approach to small business is to aid small business borrowers and lenders in understanding how AFCA currently approaches its determinations. However, there is a likelihood that the degree of prescription AFCA adopts in the draft SME Approach may have this effect and introduce a level of detail that goes beyond existing requirements under laws, standards, and codes.
We urge AFCA to adopt a principles-based approach based on established principles, standards, and requirements in small business lending, such as the BCOP, to ensure that lending to small businesses is not restricted and is consistent with existing requirements.
The ABA continues to support establishment of the Housing Australia Future Fund as a mechanism to provide a sustainable funding source to support and increase the development of social and affordable housing during a critical period of lower than required housing supply. The ABA acknowledges that other industry factors such as planning, and the cost… Read more »
The ABA acknowledges the work of ARNECC to date in developing the interoperability program. We continue to support the intention of interoperability on the basis that eConveyancing transactions under interoperability are substantively like those under a non-interoperable framework. However, the ABA has significant concerns that the interoperability program will be impacted by the failure to… Read more »
ABA members are committed to the success of Australia’s franchisors and franchisees, who play an important role in our economy.
The ABA supports retention of the Franchising Code of Conduct and the Franchise Disclosure Register and acknowledges the important role these tools have in protecting both franchisors and franchisees, which are often small businesses.
Entering a franchising arrangement is a significant legal and financial undertaking and it is sometimes the case that individuals who are attracted to franchising are also newer to business. Franchisees should be encouraged to undertake due diligence to ensure they are well informed about the risks and responsibilities, as well as their rights, prior to entering into their chosen franchising agreement.