Be the voice for small business

The Queensland Small Business Advisory Council focuses on significant small business challenges and provides advice and solutions on areas related to small business growth, sustainability, and employment to its Chair, the Honourable Di Farmer MP, Minister for Employment and Small Business and Minister for Training and Skills Development.

We are seeking 8 to 10 small business owners, including social enterprises, to join the QSBAC to be a voice for small business and provide advice to make sure the Big Plans for Small Business Strategy is delivering results for Queensland small businesses. Positions are voluntary and not remunerated. Costs to fulfil the responsibilities of the role to attend meetings are met by the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training. Submit an expression of interest (EOI) by 5pm on Tuesday 27 July 2021.

The EOI process aims to secure a diverse mix with representation from priority audiences and specific industry sectors. Priority audiences include:

  • women
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
  • culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD)
  • young (between 18 and under 35 years of age)
  • regional (outside of South East Queensland).

Priority industry sectors include:

  • construction and building
  • retail and e-commerce
  • hospitality and accommodation, including tourism
  • agriculture, forestry and fishing
  • health care and social assistance
  • transport, postal and warehousing
  • manufacturing and export
  • emerging industries including cyber.

Applicants will:

  • be selected based on their skills and lived experience as a small business owner and their ability to advocate for their industry and community
  • be required to demonstrate their influence and action in their community with a focus on achievements that show support for local issues and solutions
  • need to demonstrate connection to their nominated industry, such as membership of networks and associations
  • and
  • need to identify what they see as the top 3 challenges for their industry and community along with views on how to work with government to address these.

Find out more about what is involved and to express your interest in nominating.

The reinvigoration of the Queensland Small Business Advisory Council is just one of the new engagement initiatives underway to amplify the voice of small business in policy and program design as part of the Queensland Government's new Big Plans for Small Business Strategy 2021–23.

The previous Advisory Council membership expired on 25 February 2021.

Last updated 14 July 2021

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