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 new Commission commenced on 1 July 2017.

 

 

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Real-life examples

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…

Retail Tenants and Landlords

Negotiating a new lease 

The situation: A tenant runs a business with a substantial turnover on a very large land area. There has been no lease…

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…

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…

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

Interpreting a messy assignment clause in a retail lease

The situation: A tenant (who runs a pharmacy) has been leasing a building for many years and wants to continue. However, there…

Retail Tenants and Landlords

Refusing to consent to an assignment of a lease

The situation: The current tenant, a private company, sells its business on the condition that the lease is transferred to the purchaser…

Owner Drivers and Forestry Contractors

Seeking a claim on a terminated contract

The situation: An owner driver’s contract was terminated by the hirer on the grounds of breach of contract and serious and willful…