Small Business Charter to be held on the Gold Coast

On the back of Queensland Small Business Week, Gold Coast business owners will have the chance to join the rest of the country in changing the way SME’s are regulated and conduct business in Australia.

The Small Business Association of Australia (SBAA) are working towards the introduction of the first Small Business Charter for Australia at their annual Summit on the Gold Coast this month.

The Summit will be held at Southern Cross University from 30th – 31st May and is designed to bring together small business owners with key government, regulatory, association bodies and other SMEs.


SBAA Founder/CEO, Anne Nalder said the design of the history-­making Small Business Charter aims to bring together the disparate laws and legislations affecting SMEs and simplify things to allow SMEs to ‘just getting on with business’.

“This will be an Australian­‐first for small business and one that has the right combination of influential stakeholders,” she said. “More importantly it will be something actual SMEs will have input into, that will also be ratified by our 100,000 supporters of the SBAA.”

Not only will the Summit give SME’s the opportunity to have a ground-­breaking impact on the country but it is also the chance for small business owners to be heard by government officials such as Deputy Chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), a representative from the Australian Taxation Office (ATO), the President of the ACTU, the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Fairwork Australia, Queensland and Federal Government representatives from the Office of Small Business and more.

Summit participants will also hear from leading experts such as Brisbane­‐based, technology researcher, writer, policy advisor and educator, Linda Shave, who will be speaking about The Internet of Everything – Technology Challenges and opportunities for Small Business Enterprises (SME’s), as well as Griffith University’s Professor Ian Douglas PHD, who will be a keynote speaker at the Fostering Entrepreneurship and Innovation workshop.

Some much needed contact time will be a key feature of The Summit, giving business owners an opportunity to network and Ms Nalder said the The Summit is designed to become an annual event and a hub to foster Small Business.

“The Gold Coast is such a fabulous place, it’s known for it’s beautiful beaches, amazing theme parks and sporting events, so why not the hub of Small Business in Australia?”.

The Summit will deliver a series of high level workshops, focusing on crucial pillars, providing attendees with the opportunity for valuable input into what will become the blueprint for policy making for SMEs nationwide.

Other pillar workshops include; Corporate Structures of the Future for SMEs, Industrial Relations, Help SMEs Internationalise Through Trade, Financing Small Business, The Tax System simplified for SMEs, The Legal System simplified for SMEs Making Regulations Responsive to SME needs and, Made in Australia – Manufacturing.

Tickets to the event are available and to join the conversation at the Small Business Association of Australia Summit, please go to