About the VSBC

The VSBC is a statutory office established to enhance a competitive and fair operating environment for Victorian small business to operate, grow and prosper.
Formerly the Office of the Victorian Small Business Commissioner, on 1 July 2017, the office became the Victorian Small Business Commission, with a broader range of functions.

 

The legislation

The Small Business Commission Act 2017 (the Act) establishes the Victorian Small Business Commission, which is constituted by the Small Business Commissioner, as head of the Commission.  The Act also repeals and re-enacts with amendments the Small Business Commissioner Act 2003.

Who we are

Through its four key functions – advocating on behalf of small business, resolving disputes, monitoring the small business environment and engaging with the small business community – the VSBC aims to create a fair and competitive environment for Victorian small business to operate, grow and prosper.

The Victorian Small Business Commissioner is Judy O’Connell.

Judy O’Connell – Victorian Small Business Commissioner

What we do

The VSBC is dedicated to promoting a competitive and fair operating environment for small and medium businesses.

In becoming the Victorian Small Business Commission on 1 July 2017, the VSBC will continue to provide its full range of existing functions, including its effective and low cost mediation services and its education and information function to assist small business to minimise disputes.

The Small Business Commission Act 2017 introduces additional functions and powers to enable the Commission to:

  • resolve disputes between businesses and a broader range of organisations, including professional associations, educational institutions, industry bodies and certain special bodies within government
  • review proposed legislation in terms of its potential to adversely affect small business
  • work with similar small business commissioners in other States, Territories, or similar Commonwealth Agencies, to enhance conditions for small businesses
  • advise or comment on the development of legislation and regulatory policy relating to small business and related matters.

In addition to its roles under the Small Business Commission Act 2017, the VSBC also has a number of functions, in particular dispute resolution, regarding retail tenants and landlords, owner drivers or forestry contractors and hirers, farmers and farm creditors and taxi drivers and operators – the VSBC can arrange confidential, low cost, quick and effective mediation of disputes, under the guidance of an independent mediator.

To find out more about the establishment of the Victorian Small Business Commission, refer to the second reading speech for the Victorian Small Business Commission Bill on the Victorian Parliament website.

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