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ASBFE Ombudsman Seeks Advice On Priorities

ASBFE Ombudsman Seeks Advice On Priorities

28th Apr 16

Summary —

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman has sought advice from members of the Australian Dental Industry Association (ADIA) on the priorities that will ensure legislation and regulations are business friendly.

Key Issues For The Dental Industry —

The first Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFE Ombudsman), Ms Kate Carnell AO, took office 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.

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.

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 paper is available via the link below:


ADIA Member Consultation Page —

  ASBFE Ombudsman Advocating for small businesses and family enterprise

The discussion paper (available via the link above) 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.

This a truly unique opportunity for ADIA to influence the role of the ASBFE Ombudsman and ensure that this position effectively protects small businesses in the dental industry, something that aligns with ADIA's commitment to support small business.

Currency of Information —

This update was issued on 28 April 2016 and please note that changes in circumstances after the publication of material or information may impact upon its accuracy and also change regulatory compliance obligations.

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