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" The Unseen Toll: Post COVID-19's Devastating Blow to Australia's Small Businesses “

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Melbourne, Australia – April 5th , 2024 

Tony Dimitriadis, a prominent Australian Accountant and Business Advisor, emphasizes the critical role of small businesses in driving economic growth and community development. 

In a recent article titled  ” The Unseen Toll: COVID-19’s Devastating Blow to Australia’s Small Businesses ” Dimitriadis sheds light on the challenges faced by small businesses and proposes strategies to support their success.

Small businesses serve as the backbone of Australia’s economy, fuelling innovation, job creation, and local prosperity. With nearly 2.6 million businesses operating as of June 30, 2023, and accounting for approximately 97.3% of the total, they represent a significant force driving economic activity across the country.

However, despite their invaluable contributions, many small businesses struggle to survive, with over 40% failing to turn a profit and most owners earning below-average wages. When you also consider that Australia has witnessed a dramatic decline in consumer spending, with households tightening their belts amidst economic uncertainty- we have the perfect economic storm unfolding.

“Small businesses are the heartbeat of our economy, yet they face formidable obstacles,” says Tony Dimitriadis. “As a nation, we must prioritize their needs and implement policies that foster their growth and resilience.”

 In his article, Dimitriadis highlights the top five industries dominated by small businesses, including construction, professional services, real estate, transport and warehousing, and healthcare and social assistance. While some sectors experience growth, others face decline, underscoring the dynamic nature of the small business landscape.

Recognizing the vital importance of small businesses, Dimitriadis proposes a series of initiatives to support their success. These include:

  1. Lower Taxes: Advocate for reduced corporate tax rates and streamlined regulations to enable small businesses to reinvest in expansion and job creation.
  2. Regulatory Relief: Simplify regulatory processes to alleviate the burden on small business owners and foster innovation.
  3. Access to Capital: Enhance access to financing options to facilitate business growth and development.
  4. Workforce Development: Support vocational training programs to equip small businesses with a skilled workforce.
  5. Free Market Competition: Promote fair competition to stimulate innovation and improve product quality.
  6. Balanced Trade Policies: Advocate for fair trade policies to protect Australian businesses and enhance global competitiveness.
  7. Infrastructure Investment: Invest in modernized infrastructure to improve market access and supply chain efficiency.
  8. Tax Incentives for Innovation: Provide tax incentives for research and development to encourage creativity and entrepreneurship.
  9. Intellectual Property Protection: Safeguard intellectual property rights to stimulate innovation and protect small businesses’ assets.

“Championing small businesses is not just an economic imperative; it’s a moral obligation,” asserts Tony Dimitriadis. “By empowering small businesses to thrive, we create opportunities for economic growth and prosperity for all Australians.”

As Australia’s economic landscape continues to evolve, the success of small businesses remains paramount. By championing their cause and implementing policies that support their growth, Australia can build a more resilient and prosperous future for generations to come.

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About Tony Dimitriadis:

Tony Dimitriadis is a respected Australian Accountant and Business Advisor with a passion for supporting small businesses. With over 20 years of experience in the field, Dimitriadis is dedicated to empowering entrepreneurs and fostering economic growth across Australia.

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Tony Dimitriadis
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Tony has over 30 years’ experience as an accountant, and over 15 years’ experience as a CPA.

His first 18 years’ experience involved financial, management and operational accounting roles at a senior management level, in the security, transport, and forensic accounting industries.


David Azzopardi
B. Bus CPA


David has over 30 years’ experience as an accountant, and over 20 years’ experience as a CPA.

His first 17 years’ experience involved financial, commercial and operational accounting roles at a senior management level, in the general insurance, and telecommunications industries.

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