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Keep up to date with the Office of the Small Business Commissioner News and other information relating to small business.

Whyalla says thanks to KordaMentha


The City of Whyalla gave thanks and paid tribute to company KordaMentha with a special presentation at its last general council meeting.

KordaMentha is the advisory and investment company assigned to find a new owner for Arrium, the operators of the Whyalla steelworks, after it collapsed under a multi-billion debt load and was placed in to administration.

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Study into Australian commercial and contracting practices


Please complete a short survey for research purposes so that we can help you  

Dr Mark Giancaspro, an academic and practising commercial lawyer with the University of Adelaide Law School, is conducting a study into Australian commercial and contracting practices. He needs your help to provide him with insight as to how our economy and the markets work, and what workers, consumers and businesses actually want our legal system to do for them.  

The information provided will feed into the Federal Government’s review of the Australian law of contract. It will also potentially be used to inform the development of a variety of support resources for institutions, businesses and consumers including a software application, potentially in the form of a mobile/tablet app. These resources will help you and your organisation make practical and informed decisions about how you deal with contracts, the law, and each other.  

The survey for this project is anonymous, optional, and can be completed in around 15 minutes. Only one owner or senior worker within your organisation is required to complete the survey on the organisation’s behalf. The link to access the survey can be found here: The survey will be open until Monday 6 November 2017.  

We would kindly ask you to support this research in the name of attaining the best outcomes for Australian businesses of all sizes.

Working together to offer extra help to South Australian businesses


SafeWork SA has entered into a partnership with the Small Business Commissioner to offer its free work health and safety advisory service through the Small Business Centre shopfront located in the Adelaide CBD.

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Effective staffing processes can be the backbone to a successful small business!


Many small businesses struggle to find the time to manage their staff, but investing a little time in this area can mean huge improvements in staff efficiencies, moral and behaviour according to Small Business Commissioner John Chapman.

“Understanding the process of performance management is the first step in developing a positive, efficient and happy office environment” Mr Chapman said.

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Business Expo delivers Government support for small businesses in Mount Gambier


Linking regional small business with a myriad of Local, State and Federal government services is a priority for the South Australian Small Business Commissioner John Chapman.

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