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The Organising Committee is delighted to announce a highly engaging Summit Program with a wide range of high-profile invited speakers.

Across the two days, more than 30 prominent business leaders and senior politicians will discuss and debate significant matters facing small business people including banking and finance, regulation red-tape, cyber security, workplace relations, Vocational Education & Training (VET) and owner work-life balance.

In 2018, the Vodafone National Small Business Summit will bring together the leading voices and decision makers in the industry to focus on what really matters to small business owners.



Judy O’Connell

Victorian Small Business Commissioner

In December 2016, Judy O’Connell commenced as the Victorian Small Business Commissioner, where she advocates to make sure Victorian small businesses have a fair and competitive environment whilst running their business.

Judy also manages the quick, low cost dispute resolution service for small business.

Judy has extensive experience in tax administration with a public service career of over 30 years. Prior to being appointed Commissioner, Judy was the ATO’s Assistant Commissioner for Small Business.

At the ATO, Judy also helped to educate small businesses about paying their tax.

Judy lists, as a highlight of her career, being posted to the OECD in Paris where she led the International Tax Dialogue.  

“I am passionate about helping small business because I’ve lived and breathed it most of my life.”