Last chance to sit on Small Business Advisory Council

Minister for Employment and Small Business and Minister for Training and Skills Development The Honourable Di Farmer

The Palaszczuk Government is reminding small business owners and entrepreneurs that Expressions of Interest to sit on the Queensland Small Business Advisory Council (QSBAC) close this Tuesday 27 July at 5pm.

Members of QSBAC, which is chaired by Minister for Employment and Small Business Di Farmer, will help deliver the Big Plans for Small Business Strategy.

Minister Farmer said this was a great opportunity for small business owners to share their experiences directly.

“We already have regular contact with industry associations and peak bodies, but what we are looking for here is individual small businesses owners to sit on this council and speak directly to myself as the Minister about how the Strategy delivery is going. In this fast-changing environment we want to hear about the opportunities and challenges as and when they present themselves,” Minister Farmer said.

“Small businesses employ more than one million Queenslanders in our state: they’re our friends, our neighbours, and the lifeblood of our communities.

“That’s why we put backing small business at the heart of our COVID-19 Economic Recovery Plan, underpinned by $14.2 billion of investment.

“And that’s why I travelled across Queensland earlier this year and spoke to thousands of businesses as part of our Small Business Roadshow.

“We took the clear and unambiguous feedback given on that roadshow to develop our Big Plans for Small Business Strategy. Now we want small businesses to sit on the QSBAC, to be our eyes and ears on the ground to ensure that Strategy is being delivered effectively.

“We want to create a well-informed, dynamic and energetic QSBAC that is current and responsive.

“Receiving robust advice from people with varied on the ground experience will be vital, including women, young people, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and people from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds.

“So, if you are a small businesses owner and want to be involved in making sure the Big Plans for Small Business Strategy makes the biggest possible impact on the ground, then get your EOI in before 5pm on July 27.”

The council is expected to meet four times a year in person or online, including in regional Queensland.

To submit an Expression of Interest to join the Queensland Small Business Advisory Council visit www.advisoryboardcentre.com/qsbadvisorycouncil.

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