The Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman legislation passes Parliament

19 August 2015

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Bill 2015 and the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2015 passed Parliament on 18 August 2015.

The legislation establishes the position of Ombudsman and outlines the Ombudsman’s functions and powers. The Ombudsman will be a:

  • Commonwealth-wide advocate for small businesses and family enterprises;
  • Concierge for dispute resolution; and
  • Contributor to the development of small business friendly Commonwealth laws and regulations.

The Ombudsman will also seamlessly link with business.gov.au to help small businesses easily find out about other government services and programmes, including general business advice.

The Government will now implement this legislation. During the transition the Office of the Australian Small Business Commissioner will continue to operate and service the needs of small businesses.

Key documents:

Contact: Office of the Australian Small Business Commissioner, enquiries@asbc.gov.au