Queensland’s Small Business Champion, Maree Adshead has been announced as the Queensland Small Business Commissioner, to help small business recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

A Queensland Small Business Commissioner will be appointed to give small businesses a single point of contact for leasing disputes during recovery from the impact of COVID-19. Introducing a Small Business Commissioner will bring us in line with every other state and their role will assist with Queensland’s implementation of the National Cabinet Mandatory Code of Conduct - SME Leasing Principles during COVID-19. 

The Minister for Employment and Small Business, Shannon Fentiman, said the current part-time Small Business Champion Maree Adshead had done a wonderful job since 2017, promoting and protecting the sector which represents around 97 per cent of all Queensland business and employs more than 970,000 people. “My role as Commissioner will expand on the work I have done in the previous role of Small Business Champion as an advocate and interface for small business, and will now also include additional support such as dispute resolution for small business tenants and landlords under the COVID-19 Emergency Response Act,” Ms Adshead said.

You can learn more about this new role here.


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