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Minister for Small Business announces our 6,000 days


Above: VSBC mediator Vasantha Stesin, Minister for Small Business the Hon Adem Somyurek MP, Commissioner Judy O’Connell and VSBC mediators Danielle Huntersmith and Rob Goldstein


Today marks 6,000 days since the Bill introducing the Small Business Commissioner Act 2003 was passed in Parliament.

Minister for Small Business the Hon Adem Somyurek MP shared the good news when he officially unveiled the new VSBC mediation facilities at our offices in Melbourne.

Commissioner Judy O’Connell said the refurbished rooms offer new technology to improve communication and accessibility, as well as better security and privacy.

“I’m really pleased to say that our new mediation facilities will give small businesses the best experience possible when working with us to resolve their disputes effectively and efficiently,” Commissioner O’Connell said.

Minister for Small Business Adem Somyurek said that from the passing the Bill in 2003 to today unveiling brand new mediation facilities, Victoria is a clear leader when it comes to business dispute resolution.

“Small businesses are important to Victoria and the Victorian Government wants to do everything possible to make sure they can succeed, boost the economy and create more local jobs,” Minister Somyurek said.

The VSBC started operation on 1 May 2003 as the first of its kind in Australia.

Since opening our doors, we’ve helped over 21,650 people with our dispute resolution services, saving them time and money that would otherwise come with going through the court system.

To find out more about the services we offer, see our How we help web page.