NSW Small Business Commissioner re-appointed for second term

| September 26, 2018

New South Wales’ Deputy Premier and Minister for Small Business John Barilaro has announced the re-appointment of Robyn Hobbs OAM to a second term as NSW Small Business Commissioner to commence on 6 February 2019.

Mr Barilaro said Ms Hobbs has shown a high level of integrity and energy in her role, and has won the respect of the industry by finding fair and amicable resolutions to disputes, as well as ongoing support to businesses affected by disruption.

“During her first term Robyn has been a strong advocate for small business across NSW, providing advice to theNSW Government in their efforts to reduce regulatory burden and providing advocacy support for small businesses during natural disasters and periods of disruption,” Mr Barilaro said.

“Recent achievements include cutting red tape with the Easy to do Business Program, the introduction of an improved Retail Leases Act and championing key issues such as a reduction in payroll tax and faster payments terms.

“Robyn’s work developing the award-winning Easy to do Business program, which has been rolled out by the majority of councils across NSW, has slashed red tape by cutting the time, cost and complexity of starting up a cafe, restaurant or small bar,” he said.

The Deputy Premier was joined by Ms Hobbs and Industry representatives at a Small Business Forum yesterday evening at Parliament House to share the news and to launch NSW Small Business Month 2018.

“Ms Hobbs is a compassionate advocate for businesses affected by natural disaster and disruption, helping to provide support for businesses impacted by the Northern Rivers floods and helping to secure financial assistance for the Pacific Highway contractors left out of pocket when Ostwald Brothers went into liquidation,” Mr Barilarosaid.

“Ms Hobbs has played a significant role in levelling the playing field for NSW small business, taking a customer-centric approach and keeping small business at the heart of everything she does.

“I’m pleased to announce the re-appointment of Ms Hobbs to the role of Small Business Commissioner and wish her every success in the role,” he said.

Ms Hobbs said she would continue to be a strong, independent voice for small business in NSW.

“My job is to support small businesses in NSW by giving them the tools and advice they need and by speaking up within government about the issues they face.

“I look forward to continuing my work in making NSW the best place to start or grow a business.”