Australian Government Sponsors Home Based Business Seminars

Going by the emails I received last week, inviting me to a Federal Government sponsored, all day seminar on ‘Healthy Home-Based Business Essentials’, the home based business sector of the economy is now at least a blip on the politicians’ radar. If that sounds a tad cynical, I offer in my defence that I was a public servant for fourteen years and have some understanding of how the system works. Non-squeaking wheels do not generally get oiled – or even greased.

The seminar is one of a series being staged around the nation, in ‘rural and regional’ areas, to use the current political jargon – i.e. all those places outside the big and biggish cities, the state and territory capitals Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Hobart, Darwin and Canberra (but people in Canberra can go to one in the neighbouring town of Queanbeyan).

The seminars promise information on:

  • how to market your business

  • business taxation and insurance issues

  • how to protect your intellectual property

  • business planning and cash flows, and

  • what makes a successful home-based business

The program looks fairly full on. From the documents I have, I can’t see any indication that anyone, other than maybe one person, who actually ‘does’ home based business will be speaking, so I have a slight apprehension that we may be in for a day of being lectured by ‘experts’ with lots of advice to do as they say rather than as they do. Nevertheless, I will go with as open a mind as I can to the seminar in beautiful Byron Bay on October 26 and will do a post-seminar blog or two on the day’s activities.

For a home based business owner anywhere in rural and regional Australia (or as we used to say, ‘the bush’) $22 for the day, ‘a delicious lunch’ included, is a chance to get something back for your tax dollars.

There is a downloadable pdf document, listing locations and dates for the seminar. 

Why there are no seminars for home based city folk, I don’t know and I got frustrated looking for answers on the government’s AusIndustry website, perhaps understandably: after all, the people who manage the website and the AusIndustry department officials generally are probably still trying to come to grips with this new-found political interest in home based business! Although the seminar is part of ‘The AusIndustry HBB Assistance Program’, a search on the AusIndustry site with the term ‘HBB’ gave a zero result and searching on ‘home based business’ just looped me back to the seminar series.

Give them time – we’re not going away.  

Now, if AusIndustry were blogging, or even just scanning the blogosphere, they would be picking this up on their Monday morning RSS report. I’m not holding my breath! 

And I must note here that, while I generally prefer to restrict my links to permalinks, most of the links in this post are of necessity to documents which are currently on the web but will inevitably be taken down at a date not too far in the future.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    I received an email today asking me for comment on how the seminar was. I can’t say because I didn’t go, although I had intended to, as indicated in the post above. My reason was basically that, as indicated in the post, I couldn’t see that there was anyone on the program who is actually running a home based business. Given that on the Australian Government’s estimates there are “nearly one million people operating a business at, or from, home” and in the light of the comment here by Barbara Gabogrecan, whose opinions in this are deserve the highest respect, I simply can’t believe they couldn’t find a HBB operator worth listening to, if they tried. The mindsets are so completel different, the current situation shows that the pollies and the public servants responsible just don’t get it. So I decided I really didn’t want to go to a seminar where I would probably spend the day being irritated! I got a lot of work done instead, saved on petrol and was happy all day 🙂

  2. Anonymous says:

    Barbara Gabogrecan, who has been in my view the key driver of getting Australian governments to look seriously at the economic and social phenomenon of micro business and home based business, tried to leave the following comment (I think ran into some new comment management controls here) and has forwarded the comment to me for inclusion:

    “I worked hard to get the Federal Government to run the first HBB Summit – which was held in Canberra. But I was disappointed as those invited were the so called keyplayers – with only two HBB being invited. Summits followed around Australia – but to me, there seemed to be very little thought given to content and agenda. A talkfest where some HBB could tell their story seemed to be about ‘it’ – this is just not good enough for the sector or for Govt to be seen to be offering.

    “What the Government needs is someone who runs a HBB, has worked with Government and has a committment to helping support the sector, to work with them to ensure that relevant and worthwhile topics are covered and that the results are ‘solutions to problems’ – that is what would make it all worthwhile.”

  3. Anonymous says:

    The seminars are designed by public servants because there’s a political imperative to be seen to be “doing something”. The people designing them and hosting them will be lovely people, its just, they don’t know what running a business is all about. Nor do they know that when they leave that terrific organisation, the Government, where the desks, PC’s, travel allowance, paper, telephone, and what have you, is provided and venture “out there” that the experince of work is quite different. I’d go but also raise your voice about what they should be talking about.