A champion of Victorian small business

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14 May 2020: Commercial tenancies are going through an upheaval, with many being reviewed and renegotiated. The Victorian Small Business Commission (VSBC) has been given the role of supporting commercial tenants and landlords through this uncertain period, which will be vital to the survival of many businesses.  We spoke with its commissioner, Judy O'Connell, some time ago, in what is a timely reminder of the important work the VSBC undertakes.

The following article and video were originally published on 14 January 2019

We met up with Victorian Small Business Commissioner, Judy O’Connell, for a chat about the role of the Commission and the help it offers.

Judy O’Connell champions a fair, competitive, business environment as well as quick, inexpensive, dispute resolution services specifically for Victoria’s small business sector. 

Since taking on the Commissioner role two years ago, the small business trailblazer has made her mark, and was included in 2018’s Top 50 Public Sector Women in Victoria. Her sector is influential, Victoria has over 550,000 small businesses, accounting for 97 per cent of the state's total number of businesses. 

A new development Judy speaks about in the video is the Australian Supplier Payments Code – a tool which promotes payments to small businesses within 30 days. Currently, there are more than 80 signatories to the Code, including the Victorian Government, Qantas, NAB, Westpac, Lend Lease, Telstra and Rio Tinto.  

Click on the video above to learn more about how the Victorian Small Business Commission can help your small business.  

And to discover more, visit the Victorian Small Business Commission website.