With the announcement that legislation has been passed to appoint the first ever Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA) has extended its congratulations to the Government for what is a positive step forward for Australia’s small businesses.

“The IPA has long advocated for the creation of the ombudsman role that has the appropriate and extensive powers and functions that can only add strength to the small business sector,” said IPA chief executive officer, Andrew Conway.

“Announcement of this role reflects a strong message by the Government that it understands the importance of the small business sector and its contribution to Australia’s economic wellbeing. We commend them, and especially the Small Business Minister’s drive, to make it happen.

“We look forward to the opportunity to work with the new Ombudsman to further the best interests of small businesses across the nation.

“We also look forward to further dialogue over the Australian Small Business White Paper that the IPA launched last month,” said Mr Conway.