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The VSBC is your first port of call for independent guidance on business disputes. We provide quick, effective, neutral and low cost mediation services – so you can get on with the job of running your business.

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Real-life examples

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…

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…

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…

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…

Retail Tenants and Landlords

Repairing the relationship between tenant and landlord

The situation: The tenant has leased premises to produce cakes and bakery products, and has done so for a number of years. The…

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…

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

Addressing wholesale supply issues

The situation: The applicant is a business that provides a range of complete products to the building and home renovation sector. These products utilise components…

Retail Tenants and Landlords

Identifying Owners Corporation costs under a lease

The situation: A tenant was objecting to and seeking a refund for Owners Corporation fees of $11,500 that he had paid the previous year. Furthermore…