Federal legislation establishing the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman has now received Royal Assent. The Ombudsman will replace the Australian Small Business Commissioner, a role which commenced in 2013 with the purpose of providing assistance to small business, as well as representing small business interests to the Australian government. The Ombudsman’s role will now also include being a Commonwealth-wide advocate for small business and family enterprises, and contributing to the development of “business-friendly” Commonwealth laws and regulations. It will also help small business access general business advice and find out about other government services and programs.
By Joel Hernandez