NSW Minister for Small Business Katrina Hodgkinson has announced the appointment of Candace Barron (pictured right) as the Acting NSW Small Business Commissioner following Yasmin King’s departure.
Barron, who is currently director of the Dispute Resolution Unit in the Office of the Small Business Commissioner, studied law at Roosevelt University in Chicago and has been the Deputy Registrar of Retail Tenancy Disputes since 2003. Barron will continue in the role until a permanent replacement is announced, after King vacated the role earlier this month.
Hodgkinson said King made a valuable contribution as the inaugural NSW Small Business Commissioner.
“Establishing the Small Business Commissioner as an independent, statutory officer was an election commitment of the NSW Liberal and Nationals Government and we delivered on that commitment inside 100 days of the 2011 election,” she said.
“This government is firmly committed to ensuring small businesses in NSW have access to a Small Business Commissioner and, as such, we began a competitive process to select a Commissioner for a five-year term in October. The NSW Government is in the final stages of appointing the new Commissioner.”
The Small Business Commissioner Bill passed the NSW Parliament in 2013 and allows for the NSW Small Business Commissioner to:
- Require parties to attend dispute mediation prior to initiating legal action;
- Investigate allegations of unfair treatment and unfair contract terms;
- Require local councils, NSW Government bodies and other businesses to provide information or answer questions if a complaint is made; and
- Report directly to NSW Parliament on issues of importance to small business.
For more information about the Office of the Small Business Commissioner, and services available to small business in NSW, visit www.smallbusiness.nsw.gov.au
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