ADIA is the peak business organisation representing manufacturers and suppliers of dental products. Our vision is for an industry that empowers oral health professionals to advance the health and wellbeing of all Australians...................... — ADIA Strategic Plan

Member Consultation —
ASBFE Ombudsman Advocacy Discussion Paper

To provide businesses across the dental industry with the opportunity to contribute to changes that affect the commercial, technical and regulatory environment the Australian Dental Industry Association (ADIA) seeks member advice and guidance when making representations to government. The following details pertain to an invitation that ADIA has received from the Australian Government to tender comment on behalf of the dental industry.


Advocating for small businesses and family enterprise



Comment Due Date:

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Department / Agency:

Australian Small Business & Family Enterprise Ombudsman


The office of the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFE Ombudsman) was created in early 2016 with the aim of conducting research and inquires and to act as a unifying force for change by working with government to develop national strategies.

As the ASBFE Ombudsman is a new office a discussion paper has been released to afford small businesses the opportunity to learn first-hand the issues that the office should champion.


The ASBFE Ombudsman has a number of powers set out in the Australian Small Business and Family Ombudsman Act (Cth) 2015 that are focussed on assisting small businesses / enterprises in addition to working as an advocate for the same. The aforementioned legislation sets out a number of different activities that the ASBFE Ombudsman may undertake, broadly these include powers to:

Conduct research and enquiries;
Work cooperatively with other arms of government to develop national strategies;
Contribute to inquiries and review proposals; and
Take steps to promote good business practice.

The discussion paper (available below) has outlined the proposed course of activity in these areas; however, in order to ensure that these are relevant to small businesses comment has been sought. There is a strong focus on transparency that is designed to both instil confidence in the work of the OSBFE Ombudsman and also provide accountability for this office.

Documents: Discussion Paper - Advocating for small business and family enterprise [PDF]

Member Engagement:

ADIA-BAC Business Affairs Committee

Comments To:

ADIA Policy team via email at

ADIA member businesses with an interest in this issue are invited to comment by forwarding your thoughts via email to by the due date. Although comments of a technical / legal nature are welcome, a simple plain-English statement as to the extent this reform proposal will / will not affect your business is all that's required as such advice greatly assists ADIA in advocating on behalf of the dental industry, particularly in the context of our support for small business.

In pursuing policy reforms the work of the Association is set out in the ADIA Advocacy Agenda that seeks to create an environment in which businesses in the dental industry can grow, create jobs and operate sustainably.

Be sure to keep up to date on this issue by following ADIA on Facebook at and by subscribing to the Twitter feed @AusDental. Members requiring further information can send an email to or telephone 1300 943 094.

This information is available for your use under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia licence, with the exception of the ADIA logo, other images and where otherwise stated.

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