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Events and Meetings

Events and Meetings

The Small Business Commissioner is active in attending events, meetings and speaking engagements that promote small business and discuss small business issues. Below are details of some of the events that the Commissioner has attended.


BDO Small Business Survey Event

The Small Business Commissioner John Chapman, spoke at the BDO Small Business Survey Event on Thursday 13 OCtober. 

BDO reports a general appetite among clients to grow their business, assume more risk, and enter the South Australian business marketplace with more enthusiasm than in the past few years. 52% of businesses expect to increase their profits over the coming year, compared to 36% in last year’s survey.

Read the Commissioners Speech here


New Ventures Institute "Envies" awards night

Congratulations to Daniel Lauterio who won the Gold award at Flinders Uni New Venture Institute "Envies" awards night.

Daniel won prizes including a trip to the US for his winning invention "Warm and Ready" which is a powered thermos like container which holds water at a constant temperature ready to be used to make up baby formula instantly and at the right temperature.

Congrats also to Matt Salier and the NVI team for another wonderful night of innovation.


Image: Daniel Lauterio accepting the Gold award at the New Venture Institue "Envies" award night.


Mid North Industry Group

More than 120 small business  owners including local farmers attended a great forum organised by the Mid North Industry Leaders Group and Lisa Brock from the Department of State Development to hear speakers including Small Business Commissioner John Chapman and Mediation and Industrial Relations Specialist Chas Cini (pictured).

The Mid North  Industry Leaders Group is  pushing hard to build links between schools and employment in the region with the Board meeting in Clare this week. The Small Business Commissioner John Chapman joined the meeting to outline the services his office provides.

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 Image: Attendees of the Mid North Industry Leaders Group


Port Augusta Business Breakfast

Great work by Business Port Augusta this week and local Chairman Mr David Versteeg in organising a breakfast to hear from the Small Business Commissioner John Chapman.  Local Member for Stuart, Mr Dan van Holst Pellekaan MP also attended the event .

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Image: Local Chairman, Mr David Versteeg,  Business Port Augusta and Local Member for Stuart, Mr Dan van Holst Pellekaan MP.


Australian Taxation Office

Mr Chris Jordan AO, Commissioner for Taxation, Australian Tax Office was in Adelaide to meet with business, industry and accounting representatives to outline work being done by the ATO to make transactions easier.  

The ATO has its own internal mediation process for disputes and in a real bonus for small business has a great app which can capture expenses and other taxation related information in a very easy manner.  

The ATO app puts tax and super help in your hand, making it easier for you to conduct your tax and super affairs on the go.  

If you're an individual taxpayer, small business owner or self-managed super fund trustee, you can access relevant tax and super information and tools in one place.  

The  app has many features including

  • log in to access the online services, including myTax, to lodge your 2015 income tax return and track the progress of your return
  • enrol and use your voiceprint for fast, easy and secure access to our online services for individuals and sole traders
  • use your voice to verify your identity the next time you use our app or phone us
  • search for lost super
  • calculate the amount of tax to withhold from salary and wage payments
  • check an Australian business number (ABN) using ABN Lookup
  • work out key dates and, depending on your device, set important reminders and alerts for tax and super obligations
  • use the Business performance check tool to compare your business with similar businesses in your industry using the latest Small business benchmarks
  • record and manage your car trips, work-related expenses, gifts and donations and the cost of managing your tax affairs on the go using the myDeductions tool
  • watch videos, access checklists and visit SMSF assist for other helpful information for SMSF trustees
  • access a number of other useful tools and calculators.  

For more information visit

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Image: Mr Chris Jordan AO, Commissioner for Taxation, Australian Tax Office and Mr John Chapman, Small Business Commissioner


Access to Global Markets Forum

More than 250 exporters and potential exporters attended the Access to Global Markets Forum launched by the Minister for Investment and Trade and Minister for Small Business, Hon. Martin Hamilton-Smith MP. 

The event was organised by the Department of State Development and included speakers including Mr Matt Johnson – Executive Director Investment and Trade, Mr Todd Miller from Tradestart, Mr Andrew Perkins from Efic and Austrade State Manager Mr Patrick Kearins.  

Minister Hamilton-Smith outlined the strong emphasis the State Government was placing on growing exports from South Australia particularly in the food, wine, health, water and defence sectors.  

While China and the Shandong province is a strong focus for the state’s export efforts, the Minister emphasised that the State was pushing its trade strategy ahead in a number of other areas including India, the Middle East and South East Asia. 

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Image: Mr Matt Johnson, Executive Director, Investment and Trade, Department of State Development, Hon Hamilton-Smith MP, Minsiter for Investment and Trade and Mr Patrick Kearins, State Manager, Austrade.


Northern Economic Plan

The Premier Hon Jay Weatherill launched the all important Northern Economic Plan today. Good news for Small Business with a $10 million fund to encourage small business to grow and create jobs. More details at


Image: Premier Hon Jay Weatherill launching the Northern Economic Plan


Workspace Commerical Interiors

Workspace Commercial Interiors General Manager, Sales and Marketing  Mr Tom Clark took Small Business Commissioner Mr John Chapman on a tour of their Melrose Park headquarters and manufacturing facility today.  

A great South Australian success story started 105 years ago and now rapidly expanding into  interstate markets. Workspace employs over 100 people in its SA operations specialising in custom designed and made commercial building furniture and fittings.

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Image: Mr Tom Clark, Workspace Commercial Interiors General Manager, Sales and Marketing and Mr John Chapman, Small Business Commissioner


Small Business Commissioners Quarterly Meeting

Insolvencies in the building and construction industry  and payments to sub-contractors was a key item discussed by Small Business Commissioners at their latest quarterly meeting in Melbourne.  

The Commissioners reviewed data from New South Wales, Victoria, Western Australia and South Australia as part of discussion on these important industry issues with senior officials from the Australian Securities and Investments Commission.  

Small Business Commissioners Meeting  4Dec2015

Image: Mr Geoff Browne, Victorian Small Business Commissioner, Mr Mark Brennan, Australian Small Business Commissioner, Ms Robyn Hobbs OAM, NSW Small Business Commissioner, Mr John Chapman, SA Small Business Commissioner and Mr David Eaton, WA Small Business Commissioner.


Unley Business Breakfast

Great turn out of small businesses today for the Unley Business Breakfast co-ordinated by the Eastside Business Enterprise Centre, Rotary Club of Hyde Park and City of Unley.  

Small Business Commissioner John Chapman outlined the role of his office to more than 80 business owners and representatives in the Unley Town Hall. 

The challenges facing small business due to technological innovation and digital disruption were key issues which formed part of the Commissioner’s presentation.  

Good to see the Australian Sub Contractors Association represented by Paul Williams and Rick Green attending along with Peta Coughlin from Eastside BEC,  local MP David Pisoni and Unley Mayor Lachlan Clyne.  

 Unley 1Dec2015


Workspace Dinner

Adelaide business, Workspace Commercial Furniture is gearing up for further growth and as part of a two day planning session took time out to hear from some of Adelaide's premier business leaders on how they have grown their businesses.

The insights they provided into the changes in their businesses over the years were compelling.  Small Business Commissioner John Chapman was pleased to be a guest speaker at the dinner which was attended by about 50 Workspace staff and business partners.  

Workspace, while based in Adelaide, has significant interstate business operations in Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne. The company has a 12,500 square metre manufacturing facility at Melrose Park and employs 135 people. Workspace designs and manufactures commercial, educational, hospitality, health and aged care furniture. 


Image Mr Adrian Evans, JPE Design Studio Director, Mr Alister Haigh, Joint Managing Director of Haigh's Chocolates and Mr Roger Drake, Drake Foodland owner were put through a Q & A style session by Tom Clark, General Manager Sales and Marketing.


Meet the Buyer 

The Office of the Industry Advocate packed out part of the Adelaide Entertainment Centre with small business representatives keen to meet Government procurement representatives.  

The “Meet the Buyer” event for Goods and Services was an outstanding success.  

Small Business Commissioner John Chapman outlined the services available for small business while Industry Participation Advocate Ian Nightingale showcased the benefits of bringing government and business together.  

The Office of the Small Business Commissioner again had a stand at the event which received steady traffic all afternoon from business owners enquirying about many and varied issues.  


Fair Work Ombudsman Business Forum

The SA Small Business Commissioner took part in a small business forum conducted by the Fair Work Ombudsman in Melbourne this week.  

Fair Work Ombudsman Natalie James expressed concern at the standard and quality of information being provided by some professional advisers such as accountants in relation to employment matters.  

Ms James warned that poor advice could not only lead to claims against the advisers for damages but the advisers also risked being prosecuted under the Fair Work Act. Her advice was to adopt best practice approaches to providing advice and referring to other  specialists where appropriate.


Connecting SA Business Program

Small Business Commissioner, John Chapman was in the Barossa Valley recently as part of Business SA’s Connecting SA Business program  

About 30 business owners met at the Barossa Novatel Resort to hear Business SA CEO Nigel McBride’s update on business SA activities and the key issues in regional areas.  Mr McBride identified various growth opportunities for business and in particular the export agribusiness food sectors.  

Small Business Commissioner John Chapman gave an update on the role of the office and some of the key issues which the Office was dealing with on behalf of small business including electricity pricing.

 Business SA Connecting Business 4Nov2015

 Image: Mr Nigel McBride, CEO Business SA and Mr John Chapman, Small Business Commissioner

Business SA Connecting Business 4Nov2015

Image:  Mr Tristan McLachlan, Wilpena Pound Resort and Mr Leigh Frame, Novatel Barossa Valley Resort 


White Ribbon Event

Great to be part of the White Ribbon event at the Adelaide Oval on Wednesday 4 November 2015.

Organised by the Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA) hundreds of SA public sector officers and executives attended the event which is part of a coordinated response to violence against women.  

Speakers included Premier Weatherill, Dr Shannon Spriggs-Murdoch and Arman Abrahimzadeh.  

The panel explored not only the complexities of domestic violence but the positive actions everyone can take inside and out of the workplace.  

Further information at

White Ribbon 4/11/2015

Image: Event Panel Mr David Brown, Correctional Services CEO, Ms Erma Ranieri, Commissioner for Public Sector Employment, Ms Fiona Mort, Director, Office of Women, Mr Grant Stevens, SA Police Commissioner and Ms Anne Gale, Equal Opportunity Commissioner 


ASIC Networking Function

The Chairman of the Australian Securities and Investment Commission Greg Medcraft was in Adelaide this week for a meeting with his fellow Commissioners.  

Regional Commissioner, Ms Melissa Smith and Mr Medcraft hosted a cocktail function at  the SA Museum which was attended by representatives from a wide range of financial, legal and insolvency firms.  

Mr Medcraft congratulated his staff who had recently taken part in the Bizlinks program  which is co-ordinated  by the Office of the Small Business Commissioner. The most recent event was held in Berri earlier this month.  

Mr Medcraft and Small Business Commissioner John Chapman discussed a range of issues including the growth of alternative currencies such as Bitcoin and the technology of the “Block Chain” algorithms and how this technology may be a game changer in other Fintech areas along with the importance of ASIC’s educational and compliance work.

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Image: Mr Greg Medcraft, Australian Securities and Investment Commission and Mr John Chapman, Small Business Commissioner


Adelaide Business Hub Luncheon

Premier Jay Weatherill today addressed 200 small business owners and representatives at the Adelaide Business Hub luncheon at the Lakes Resort Hotel Westlakes.  

The Premier outlined the State Government’s plans for growing small businesses in SA continuing the emphasis on the need for businesses to be exploring new opportunities in a rapidly changing market. The message was very much develop niche quality  products and deliver exemplary service. In response to a question from the audience, the Premier noted further work was needed to encourage entrepreneurial growth in SA.  

 Adelaide Business Hub Luncheon 23Oct2015

Image: Premier Jay Weatherill, Mr John Chapman, Small Business Commissioner and Mr Mark Butler MP, Federal Member for Port Adelaide


BizLink Seminar Berri

Small Business Commissioner John Chapman was in the Riverland last week to meet with local businesses and for the BizLink Seminar which was held at the Berri Hotel. Many local businesses attended the event.

 BizLink Seminar October 2015 - Berri


Renmark High School

Renmark High School  is running a specific business stream program with the goal of generating a business idea and moving it to proof of concept stage.  Acting Renmark High Principal David Crouch brought Year 10 Business students Loula Kalantzis, Chelsea Clifford, Tegan Anderson and Trent Eckermann to our Bizlink Seminar.

 Berri Newsagency

Australian Newsagents Federation Lotto agent of the Year in 2015, Berri Newsagent . Owners Paula and Drew Nelsson with Small Business Commissioner John Chapman who called in after the Berri Bizlinks to discuss industry and business issues. 


Senate Economics Reference Committee

Small Business Commissioner John Chapman appeared before the Senate Economics Reference Committee in Adelaide this week.

The Senate Committee is inquiring into various issues concerning the building and construction industry including insolvency. The Small Business Commissioner spoke about the challenges facing sub-contractors and options for improving the regulatory environment which will be subject to State Government consideration.  

Senate Committee 21Sept2015

 Image: Senator Doug Cameron, Committee Member, Senator Sam Dastyari, Committee Chairman, Dr Kathleen Dermody, Committee Secretary, Senator Sean Edwards, Deputy Chair and John Chapman, Small Business Commissioner (standing).


Council for International Trade and Commerce SA (CITSCA) Planning Day

Small Business Commissioner, John Chapman was very pleased to be invited to a planning day for the Council for International Trade and Commerce SA (CITSCA) on Friday 18 September 2015.   CITSCA plays a vital role in developing international trade and cultural links  as the umbrella body for 37 international chambers of commerce.


Construction Contractors Federation SA

Great work by the Construction Contractors Federation SA in assisting its members through a session on “Getting Paid (and Keeping It!) Contracts, Recovery and Preference Payments.”   The session held on Wednesday 16 September 2015 conducted by Nick Anderson from O’Loughlins Lawyers provided very valuable information to sub-contractors aimed at assisting their businesses by improving contractual arrangements and cash flows.  

Peter Moskaljuk from Arthur J Gallagher  outlined the value of insurance  options for sub-contractors as part of the program.  

Small Business Commissioner, John Chapman attended the breakfast session with around 100 members and caught up with CCF National  President Tony Baulderstone, CCF SA  President Gerard Beltrame and CCF SA CEO Phil Sutherland. 


Spark Presentation Evening 

Emerging South Australian businesses were on show at a special Spark Presentation evening at the Hub in Peel Street Adelaide on Wednesday 9 September.  

Small Business Commissioner John Chapman attended the event with potential investors, mentors and other stakeholders.

“It is great to see the passion and enthusiasm from these businesses which covered digital marketing, new media and exciting product offerings such as the BBQ Donut which is a circular watercraft with seating and BBQ in the centre.”  

"The Hub is a great example of how young and not so young entrepreneurs can develop in an environment with other like minded business people.”  

“I would encourage people to call in and see Andre Goosen who is the Adelaide Community Lead at the Hub to get a real understanding of this unique and exciting business nurturing operation. "  


Small Business Expo 2015

The Business Enterprise Centre Tea Tree Gully hosted its 15th Small Business Expo on Thursday 20th August. The Office of the Small Business Commissioner as well as over 50 other exhbitors we represented on the day.

Small Business Commissioner, John Chapman, also attended and met with many of the exhibitors.

Small Business Expo 20/8/15

Image: Mr Ivor Hay, Manager Small Business, Department of State Development,  Ms Peta Coughllin, Manager, Eastside BEC, Ms Caren Brougham, Manager Tea Tree Gully, BEC, Mr John Chapman, Small Business Commissioner and Mr Jeff Camburn, Supply Consultant, Department of State Development, 


National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA)

The National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA) has taken a lead role in helping its members manage their contractual arrangements with the hosting of “Chasing and Avoiding Bad Debts” Seminar on Wednesday 19th August 2015.  

Small Business Commissioner, John Chapman, outlined to members attending the operations of the Office of the Small Business Commissioner and the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payments Act which is designed to assist building industry participants with payment recovery.  

Ms Natasha Hemmerling from Clarke Hemmerling lawyers detailed the processes available to recover funds through the courts while Mr David McLaren from Debt Payable outlined  a new on line approach which supports traditional debt recovery methods.

Ms Danae Fleetwood outlined the services available to assist members with debt recovery through the association.  

 NECA 20 August 2015

Image: Ms Danae Fleetwood, Ms Natasha Hemmerling, Clarke Hemmerling lawyers, Mr David McLaren, Debt Payable and Mr John Chapman, Small Business Commissioner at the Chasing and Avoiding Bad Debts Seminar


'Supporting the North' Seminar

PEER VEET, the largest employer of construction and building apprentices in South Australia, conducted a “Supporting the North” seminar at St Patrick's College at Edinburgh North on Tuesday 18th August 2015.  

The event was attended by community and business leaders in the area and included the Member for Napier John Gee MP and the Member for Little Para Lee Odenwalder.

PEER VEET is also a registered training organisation and is a partner in the plans to retrain automotive industry workers for new roles.  

Guest speaker was Phil Tyler from the Automotive Transformation Taskforce who outlined the challenges ahead in employment in the northern region post the closure of Holden. The State and Federal Government have committed significant funding to the retraining of automotive industry employees.  

The PEER VEET board met earlier in the day under the control of new Chair Lou Hutchinson, who had  a very distinguished career in the SA Government in the training sector prior to his retirement.  

PEER VEET 18 August 2015

Image: Mr John Chapman, Small Business Commissioner, Mr Phil Tyler, Director Automotive Transformation Task Force, and Mr Michael Boyce, PEER VEET CEO


MBA SA Awards Night

Small Business Commissioner, John Chapman atthended the MBA SA awards night held at the Convention Centre on Friday 14th August 2015.   Nearly 1000 representatives from the building and construction industry attended the night which had a Moulin Rouge theme.

MBA SA Awards Night

Image: Mr Neil Mossop, Master Builder of the Year for 2015, from Mossop Constructions and Mr John Chapman, Small Business Commissioner 


Western Business Leaders Lunch

Small Business Commissioner, John Chapman was the guest speaker at the Western Business Leaders Lunch on Thursday 13th August 2015.  The event was attended by nearly 40 business and community leaders at the Grange Golf Club.

 Western Business Leaders Lunch on Thursday 13th August 2015

Image: Ms Angela Keneally, Mayor of  Charles Sturt Council, Mr John Chapman, Small Business Commissioner and David Cockram, Maxima CEO 


Small Business Commissioners Group Meeting

Small Business Commissioners from around Australia met in Adelaide on Friday 7 August 2015 for their regular quarterly meeting. New South Wales, Victoria, Western Australia and South Australia Commissioners attended the meeting along with the Australian Small Business Commissioner.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission was represented by the Deputy Chairman Dr Michael Schaper.

The meeting was addressed by Kate Carnell – CEO of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI). ACCI‘s membership comprises State Chambers of Commerce (eg Business SA) amd 45 other industry groups. Ms Carnell outlined the results of ACCI’s latest survey which showed small business was more positive than medium/large businesses and were more likely to invest in capital equipment. ACCI has raised concerns with the Federal Government over an issue on superannuation payments which is affecting small business.

Under the current laws, if a business is late with Superannuation Guarantee payments there are serious financial penalties imposed without any recourse. ACCI is seeking a temporary amnesty to allow small businesses who are behind to bring their payments up to date without penalty.

The meeting also discussed a number of matters relating to franchising including a class action being taken by Pizza Hutt franchisees against master franchisor Yum Australia. Franchise discussions also covered the motor vehicle sector and Australia Post.

The Commissioners discussed at length the issue of payments in the commercial building and construction sector and have agreed to review the matter further at the December 2015 meeting.


Small Business Commissioners 7/8/2015

Image:  Mr Geoff Browne, VIC Small Business Commissioner, Dr Michael Schaper, Deputy Chairman, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, Ms Robyn Hobbs OAM, NSW Small Business Commissioner, Mr John Chapman, SA Small Business Commissioner, Mr Mark Brennan, Australian Small Business Commissioner and Mr David Eaton, WA Small Business Commissioner. 


Australian Fertiliser Services Association (AFSA) State Meeting

Small Business Commissioner, John Chapman attended the Australian Fertiliser Services Association (AFSA) State Meeting at Naracoorte on Thursday 30th July 2015 and provided the group with an update on the activities of the office and the future direction of small business.


Image:  Mr Craig Swan, State Representative on National AFSA Board, Mr John Chapman, Small Business Commissioner, Mr Neil Henry, Company Secretary National ASFA and Mr Alan Mackenzie, State President ASFA 


Rotary of Campbelltown meeting

Small Business Commissioner, John Chapman spoke at the Rotary of Campbelltown's meeting on Monday 13th July 2015 which was attended by more than 70 members.  

Rotary Meeting

Image: Mr Damian Leach, Campbelltown Rotary President, Mr John Chapman, Small Business Commissioner and Mr Vince Belperio, Rotary Member


Civil Contractors Federation of SA

Small Business Commissioner, John Chapman was a guest speaker the Civil Contractos Federation of SA, 2015 State Conference in Adelaide today.

Read his speech here


Murray Bridge Business Breakfast

Small Business Commissioner, John Chapman was guest speaker at the Murray Bridge Business Breakfast on Wednesday 20 May 2015. The event attracted more than 80 small business owners and managers keen to hear the latest developments both Federally and State as well as Local Government.

 Murray Bridge Business Breakfast

Image: Mr Dale Manson, Event MC, Mr Tony Pasin MP, Federal Member for Barker, Mr John Chapman, Small Business Commissioner, Mr Adrian Pederick, State Member for Hammond and Mr Brenton Lewis, Mayor of Murray Bridge Council.


Launch of the BDO Small Business State Survey 2015

Small Business Commissioner John Chapman spoke at the Launch of the BDO Small Business State Survey 2015 which was held on Thursday 26 March.

Read his speech here

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