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The VSBC supports small business and resolves disputes to create a fairer and more competitive environment.

The VSBC will be supporting the Australian Supplier Payment Code, which comes into effect on 1 July 2017. Read more about the Code.

 

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Real-life examples

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…

Small business

Missing out on a tender process

The situation: The applicant had a cleaning contract with the respondent to clean a number of suburban buildings. After a number of years,…

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

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

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

Mediating a shareholder dispute

The situation: There was a major falling out between one of the shareholders of a private company (the shareholder) and the other…

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

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

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…