Category: Minister for Small Business

More Support For Geelong’s Small Businesses

Small businesses in the City of Greater Geelong can look forward to better council support as it became the latest local government to sign up to the Small Business Friendly Council initiative. Minister for Small Business Adem Somyurek today made the commitment alongside Small Business Commissioner Judy O’Connell and City of Great Geelong deputy mayor […]

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Small Business Commissioner Reappointed

Judy O’Connell has been reappointed as Small Business Commissioner until November 2022. Minister for Small Business Adem Somyurek today announced the reappointment of Ms O’Connell, who has been a strong advocate for Victorian small businesses over the past three years – helping them resolve disputes and building a fair and competitive operating environment. In addition […]

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Retail Shopping Strip Forum Listening To Locals

The Andrews Labor Government is working with local communities to better understand the trading conditions for small businesses in local shopping strips in metropolitan and regional Victoria. A forum co-hosted by Minister for Small Business Adem Somyurek and Minister for Suburban Development Marlene Kairouz today heard from business owners, traders, industry experts and councils on […]

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Clarity For Victorian Farmers On Retail Leases

The Andrews Labor Government has acted to remove uncertainty around the application of the Retail Leases Act 2003 on leased farming premises by confirming the exclusion of farm leases from the Act. A Ministerial Determination was made this week by Minister for Small Business Adem Somyurek clarifying that the Act does not apply to leases […]

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Fairer Leases For Victorian Small Business Owners

The Andrews Labor Government is making it easier for small business owners to understand their leases and get money back in their pocket quicker under amendments to the Retail Leases Act tabled in Parliament today. The changes will enable small businesses to move quicker as they develop and expand, remove confusion around legal obligations and […]

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Goat Soap And Melbourne Gin The Tonic For India

India’s discerning drinkers and beauty devotees will now be able to enjoy some of Victoria’s finest products thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s support in establishing strong trade with India. Minister for Small Business Adem Somyurek attended the launch of the Melbourne Gin Company’s signature range of gins in Bengaluru yesterday after it signed an […]

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Better Dispute Resolution Saving Victorian Businesses Money

Victoria continues to set the standard for business dispute resolution, with today marking 6,000 days since the landmark passing of the Small Business Commissioner Bill in 2003 by the Bracks Labor Government. Minister for Small Business Adem Somyurek announced the milestone at the unveiling of new mediation rooms at the Victorian Small Business Commission offices […]

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Red Tape Reforms To Cut Construction Business Costs

Small construction businesses will save up to $42.6 million a year through reforms supported by the Andrews Labor Government that will make it easier for owners to understand and meet their regulatory obligations. The reforms announced today at the Master Builders Victoria’s Building Leadership Simulation Centre are expected to save small businesses at least $21.3 […]

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Better Approvals Coming To More Councils Near You

Faster permits are on track to be the norm for Victorian businesses with more than half of all councils engaged in the Andrews Labor Government’s Better Approvals Project cutting business permit processing times. Minister for Small Business Adem Somyurek has today written to the 37 councils who are not part of the red tape slashing […]

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Small Business Gets Big Results With Dispute Resolution

More Victorian small businesses are receiving the help they need to resolve disputes, with the Victorian Small Business Commission assisting a record 2,074 owners and operators in 2018-2019. The Commission is also handling 10 per cent more new disputes compared with a year earlier ─ attributable to increased awareness around owners and tenants’ rights and […]

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