Business owners will have a new Small Business Commissioner to help resolve disputes and provide advice, with Lynda McAlary-Smith appointed to the role.

An experienced public service executive with a history of supporting the small business sector, Ms McAlary-Smith brings a depth of leadership from her work at both state and federal levels.

The Small Business Commissioner champions a fair and competitive business environment, as well as fast and inexpensive dispute resolution services for the state’s small business sector.

There are currently more than 644,000 small businesses across the state, comprising more than 97 per cent of all Victorian businesses.

Ms McAlary-Smith will start in the role on 30 August, replacing Mark Schramm – who has acted in the role since former Commissioner Judy O’Connell retired earlier this year.

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