Who we are

The Victorian Small Business Commission (VSBC) aims to create a fair and competitive environment for Victorian small business to operate, grow and prosper through its four functions – advocacy, dispute resolution, monitoring and engagement.

The VSBC Mediation Panel is open for applications until 29 September 2017.

 

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Real-life examples

Retail Tenants and Landlords

Make-good after a long term month-to-month tenancy ends

The situation: Two adjoining premises (Suite A and Suite B) are owned by the same landlord. The tenants were on a month-to-month…

Farmers and farm creditors

Mediating a farm debt

The situation: A family farm had got into substantial debt with their lender. Following the procedures outlined in the Farm Debt Mediation…

Small business

Assisting in a franchise dispute

The situation: A franchisee entered into a contract with a franchisor for a business. The franchisee alleges that she has relied on representations made…

Farmers and farm creditors

Sorting out a farm machinery debt

The situation: A farmer has been in arrears with a small lender regarding a loan for a tractor. The parties had tried…

Retail Tenants and Landlords

Questioning the permitted use of a premises

The situation: The tenant claims that his lease allows for the sale of nuts in his retail food business, based on assurances…

Small business

Addressing the supply of problem equipment

The situation: A sporting services business operator has paid more than $100,000 for a ball management system. The system has not worked…

Retail Tenants and Landlords

Fixing a problem with the air conditioning 

The situation: The tenants run a business involving the operation of expensive equipment that they said was being affected by the lack…

Small business

Dealing with a dispute through preliminary assistance

The situation: A small business (the applicant) complains to the VSBC about a commercial dispute with an oil company. The business is concerned…

Small business

Resolving a trade breach

The situation: The applicant bought an importing business from the respondent’s company. The contract of sale provided that the respondent was not allowed to…