Budget 2016: Government expands role of Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman

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Small business ombudsman Kate Carnell Source: AAP/Dan Himbrechts

The federal government has expanded the advocacy role of the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman.

According to the 2016 federal budget documents, the government will provide funding totaling $16.3 million over four years to support the activities of the Ombudsman’s office, which is held by Kate Carnell.

The funding will be split evenly over the four year period, with $4.2 million allocated for the 2016-17 financial year, $4 million for 2017-18, $4 million for 2018-19 and $4.1 million in 2019-20.

Carnell, the former chief executive of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, was appointed as the inaugural Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman earlier this year.

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