If you are like me you are probably completely unaware of the current offer by the Australia Federal government to help out small businesses. The Australian Government has introduced the Fresh Ideas for Work and Family Grants Program to support Australian small businesses to implement practices that help employees balance their work and family obligations as well as improve employee retention and productivity. The Program provides grants of up to $15,000 (GST exclusive) to small businesses to help meet the set-up costs of family friendly arrangements that suit the individual needs of the business. This is a great opportunity for small businesses. Go to http://www.deewr.gov.au/WorkplaceRelations/FreshIdeas/ to find out more. If you ring their help line on 13 13 94, select option 4 (I selected option 2 for employers to start off with – which is the wrong option).