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Australia : Small Business Commissioner backs the states $35 million sector.

Enquires to the Office of the Small Business Commissioner (OSBC)have increased by 10.9 percent in the last 12 months as South Australian small businesses look for help in new places according to the Small Business Commissioner.

The figures are contained in the latest annual report from the Office tabled in State Parliament today. Small Business Minister Martin Hamilton-Smith said the Office of the Small Business Commissioner is an important resource to our business community and is designed to help owners navigate their way through disputes without the expense of the court system. Over the past three years, the number of enquiries to the Office of the Small Business Commissioner (OSBC) has continued to increase. In 2016/17 the increase of 10.9 percent took the number of enquiries to 3,476. This followed a 14.8 percent increase in 2015/16. The OSBC received 288 new cases and closed 274 cases in the last financial year. This is up slightly from the previous year by 3.2 percent for new cases (279) and 15.1 percent for cases closed (238). Of these 274 closed cases, thirteen were closed through the formal mediation process, which is the same number of mediations held the year before.

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Date:Dec 1, 2017
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