Mark Brennan, Australia’s inaugural Small Business Commissioner, officially commenced his role on Wednesday January 2 with a commitment to working closely with the small business community to give them a new voice in the Federal government.
Brennan, who prior to his new role spent seven years as the inaugural Victorian Small Business Commissioner, will liaise with Australia’s community of small business owners to highlight the issues that are important to small business people across the country.
Commencing the national role, Brennan highlighted the importance of small business owners being able to access information, assistance and referral to services including business advisory and dispute resolution services.
“I see the role as being an advocate for small business,” he argues. “And not just advocating to governments, but to business about what they can do to improve the business environment. No small business should fail through lack of information.
“It is important that we let small businesses know that there are effective and low-cost dispute resolution services available should they need them. If we see small businesses and big business working together, you'll find the incidence of things like disputes will decrease.”
A dedicated website and an Australian Small Business Commissioner Information Line have been established to assist small businesses access information, including dispute resolution services, in their state or territory. Small business owners can call 1300 650 460 between 0900 and 1700 (AEST) Monday to Friday and speak directly with a trained small business agent.
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