Small business employment

Small business employment

6 February 2003

© Commonwealth of Australia 2003
ISBN 0 642 71206 9

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View the report as separate downloadable parts:

Membership of Committee (PDF 91KB)
Terms of reference (PDF 97KB)
Abbreviations/Acronyms (PDF 84KB)
Recommendations (PDF 129KB)
Preface (PDF 100KB)
Chapter 1 - Introduction and background to the inquiry (PDF 145KB)

Conduct of the inquiry
Context of the inquiry
Overview of submissions and key issues

Chapter 2 - Understanding small business (PDF 224KB)

What do we mean by small business?
How small business operates
Categories of small business
Characteristics of business operators
The external environment

Chapter 3 - Small business and employment (PDF 237KB)

Small business employment in perspective
Trends in small business employment
Characteristics of employment in small business
Factors that influence employment in small business
Barriers to employment

Chapter 4 - Government policies and programs (PDF 263KB)

The role of government
The policy framework
The need for national coordinated policy and program development
Program delivery, including information strategies
Program design
Level of funding and unmet needs
Indigenous small business

Chapter 5 - Skills development for small business (PDF 228KB)

The importance of business management skills
Current arrangements for business skills training
New entrants
Business incubators
Established businesses
Training programs
Developing a training culture in small business

Chapter 6 - Reducing the burden of regulation (PDF 292KB)

The role of regulation
The burden of regulation
Information, advice and assistance
Quality and flexibility of regulation and its administration
Licensing and business start-up requirements
Unfair dismissal
The Regulation Impact Statement
Local government issues
Tenancy laws

Government Senators' Reservations (PDF 147KB)
Appendix 1 - List of submission (PDF 90KB)
Appendix 2 - Hearing and witnesses (PDF 108KB)
Appendix 3 - Documents tabled at hearings (PDF 113KB)
Appendix 4 - Further information (PDF 98KB)

For further information, contact:

Committee Secretary
Senate Standing Committees on Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3521
Fax: +61 2 6277 5706