2022-23 Budget – Small and Medium Business
Wealth Management Solutions

Tristan Bowman, Director
Anne-Marie Tassoni, Partner

Small and medium business has been at the core of budgets in the past five years, with immediate tax breaks and upfront incentives offered to encourage business to spend on capital and hire new staff. In Chalmers’ first (mini) Budget, reference to small business is notably muted and measures that do impact small business have little meaningful impact in supporting the sector to grow.
Posted 26 October 2022

Whilst not directly impacting small business, employers will benefit from an increase in the skilled migration program for the remainder of this financial year. To ease labour capacity constraints, total permanent migrant capacity has been increased by 35,000 for FY2023 to a total of 195,000, of which 90% of places are reserved for skilled migrants.

Additionally, the Labor government has reaffirmed the Coalition’s policy to relax work restrictions for student and secondary training visa holders until 30 June 2023 to further loosen the labour market.

Again not directly relating to small business, the Budget spends close to $1 billion over the next five years on measures to increase the number of fully-funded TAFE and vocational education places in industries and regions with skills shortages. This is a longer-term fix to the skills shortage than the abovementioned skilled migration program, but over time will increase the pool of skilled labour for employers to draw on.

$62.6 million will be provided to small and medium enterprise over the next three years to fund facility upgrades to improve energy efficiency, reduce emissions and improve management of power demand. It is a nice carrot to give business to improve their energy systems, but is a paltry amount considering the ~2.4 million small and medium business across Australia.

An additional $166.2 million over four years will be provided to consolidate over 30 business registers under the Modernising Business Registers initiative. This is a continuation of the existing program that has already cost $230 million to July 2022.

A 2021 measure that allowed business to self-assess the effective life of intangible assets for depreciation purposes has been axed. The reversal will mean depreciation factors will continue to be set by statute, reducing flexibility for business to manage their tax.

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