Recent Law Updates and information
Small Business Commissioner Bill 2013
The passing by the NSW Parliament on 2 May 2013 of the Small Business Commissioner Bill 2013 will give small business in New South Wales the strongest support thatt has ever been available to them.
The NSW Small Business Commissioner will give small businesses access to an independent statutory officer who can investigate allegations of unfair treatment and unfair contract terms. This will ensure that government and big businesses are accountable in instances where their practices impact unfairly on small businesses.
Under legislation, the NSW Small Business Commissioner will be able to:
- Require parties to a dispute to attend mediation prior to the initiating of a legal process. Penalties can be imposed on those who do ot attempt to find a resolution.
- Investigate allegations of unfair treatment and unfair contract terms in a neutral and independent manner.
- Require local councils, State Government bodies and businesses to provide information of answer questions if the Commissioner acts upon a complaint.
- Report directly to Parliament where there is an issue of real importance to small businesses.
The new legislation means a fairer operating environment for small business, and it will make it more difficult for covernment agencies, local councils and other businesses to dismiss their concerns. Parties that previously thought themselves un accountable will now be accountable for doing the right thing.
Small Business NSW Commissioner Link