Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman

This consultation process has now been completed. Submissions available
Consultation Type
Exposure Draft

Key Documents

The Government has committed to transform the Australian Small Business Commissioner into the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (the Ombudsman).

The Government has released for public consultation exposure draft legislation establishing the Ombudsman and outlining the role's functions and powers as a:

  • Commonwealth-wide advocate for small businesses and family enterprises;
  • concierge for dispute resolution (including providing its own, limited dispute resolution service); and
  • contributor to the development of small business friendly Commonwealth laws and regulations.

After initial consultation on a Discussion Paper, Treasury is now seeking comments on the exposure draft legislation to ensure that the Ombudsman provides effective services to small businesses and family enterprises.

Accompanying the exposure draft legislation are explanatory materials, outlining the main provisions of the exposure draft legislation and explaining the rationale behind them.


54 submissions were received for this consultation, including 7 confidential submissions.

AUSVEG - pdf 588.14 KB
Business SA - pdf 39.71 KB
Deloitte Private Pty Ltd - pdf 179.09 KB
Department of Finance - rtf 86.9 KB
Department of Finance - pdf 353.46 KB
Intuit Australia - pdf 139.42 KB
Law Council of Australia - pdf 485.26 KB
LEADER and IAMA - pdf 406.43 KB
Mediator Standards Board - pdf 275.08 KB
Nefe Family Daycare - pdf 235.67 KB
Nefe Family Daycare - rtf 116.97 KB
Ruparelia, Kirit - pdf 95.92 KB
Ruparelia, Kirit - rtf 77.11 KB