Viw Magazine


ACCC warns about Australian Business Funding Centre

  • Written by ACCC



The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has issued a Public Warning Notice about the conduct of Australian Business Funding Centre Pty Ltd (also known as Australian Business Financing Centre or ABFC) which operates the website www.australiangovernmentgrants.org.

The ACCC alleges that ABFC website, and its sales representatives, purport to offer access to an online database of the Australian government grants and loans available to small businesses. Small business owners paid fees ranging from $497 to $701 to access the database, only to find there were no suitable grants or that they were ineligible for grants listed.

The Public Warning Notice alleges ABFC has made false or misleading representations about the service’s capability and quality, and the role the service has played in assisting small businesses gain government grant funding.

The website also prominently features a range of “success stories” from actual Australian small businesses, but when those businesses were contacted by the ACCC, they said the stories were used without their permission and that they had not obtained any government funding via ABFC.

“The ACCC is issuing a warning in relation to ABFC’s conduct including its australiangovernmentgrants.org website. We are very concerned that small businesses are paying ABFC for a service that does not provide the information and assistance they are have paid for,” ACCC Acting Chair Dr Michael Schaper said.

“Similar websites targeting small businesses in other countries have also come to the attention of regulatory authorities in New Zealand and Canada.”

“Small businesses should take care when assessing offers to assist them in obtaining government grants. The bottom line is that information relating to government grants is generally available free of charge from a variety of state and federal resources online,” Dr Schaper said.

The ACCC says despite the australiangovernmentgrants.org including an Australian address, it is operated by ABFC’s sole director who is based overseas.

Legitimate information about government grants can be obtained for free at www.business.gov.au (link is external) and other websites ending with .gov.au.

The Public Warning notice is available at: Australian Business Funding Centre Pty Ltd (also known as Australian Business Finance Centre or ABFC)

LifeStyle

How to Create A Legal Will Online

A will is an essential legal document that clearly states the desires of someone after the per...

Why writing down your thoughts is beneficial

In times of sadness, you often wish to write down everything coming in your mind. You think ab...

Fun beginner hobbies (that need no skill)

When I was in my very early teens, I was convinced I was put on this planet to become the next...

Should You Date Your Ex Again?

The issue of renewed relationships and reconciliation with the exes raises many questions. Some wi...

The Viw Magazine

Taking A Look Into The World Of Single Dating

No-one dreams of being alone one day, there isn’t a little girl or boy hoping to never meet someone and living their lives with no-one to share it with. We all want that person we can run to, ...

News Company - avatar News Company



News Company Media Core

Content & Technology Connecting Global Audiences

More Information - Less Opinion