Small Business Commissioner to support traders

QUEENSLAND’S Small Business Commissioner has become a permanent position to support the state’s 448,000 small businesses.

Minister for Employment and Small Business Di Farmer said the appointment allowed the Small Business Commissioner to continue providing small businesses with ready access to support, information and advice, and reduce the time and costs associated with resolving disputes.

“The Small Business Commissioner and team advocates for small business at all levels of government, provides assistance for small business disputes, offers a low-cost mediation service for retail shop lease disputes under the Retail Shop Leases Act 1994, and resolves franchise disputes,” Ms Farmer said.

“We know that saving time and money is key for small businesses.”

Commissioner Maree Adshead, who was temporarily appointed as Commissioner during the COVID-19 pandemic and the office of Small Business Commissioner have become permanent from today.

“Ms Adshead and her office have been a voice for small businesses across Queensland, helping small business throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as leading engagement with government at all levels to champion Queensland small business needs and issues,” Ms Farmer said.