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NSW appoints new small business commissioner

Maja Garaca Djurdjevic
Maja Garaca Djurdjevic
12 May 2020 1 minute readShare

Chris Lamont will head the Office of the Small Business Commission, responsible for advocacy, strategic advice, free to low-cost mediation and support to small businesses across the state.

Minister for Finance and Small Business Damien Tudehope has appointed Chris Lamont as the new NSW small business commissioner, in a move said to provide the office with “focus and direction at a difficult time for small businesses”.

“The Small Business Commission has a strong track record in advocating for small businesses and strives to resolve issues impacting their day-to-day operations,” Mr Tudehope said.


“It is a passionate supporter of small business and has played a critical role in assisting businesses during the drought, the recent bushfires and now COVID-19.”

Mr Lamont has more than 20 years of experience, comprising policy development and advocacy, senior government positions, not-for-profit and industry associations, business and the delivery of major government reforms and programs.


Most recently, Mr Lamont was the general manager for Capital Projects and Infrastructure with the City of Melbourne where he was responsible for the delivery of the capital works program.

Commenting on his appointment, Mr Lamont said he was excited to be taking up such an important role within NSW.

“Small businesses are the lifeblood of their communities and they make up 97.5 per cent of businesses in NSW,” Mr Lamont said.

“This is a tremendously challenging time for small business, and I look forward to working with the Small Business Commission to assist them over the coming months and on the other side of COVID-19.”



Mr Lamont’s start date at the Small Business Commission will be 15 June 2020.

NSW appoints new small business commissioner
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Maja Garaca Djurdjevic
Maja Garaca Djurdjevic

Maja Garaca Djurdjevic is the editor of My Business. 

Maja has an extensive career as a journalist across finance, business and market intelligence. Prior to joining Momentum Media, Maja spent several years unravelling social, political and economic intricacies in Eastern Europe. 

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