PROGRAM

Program

To view confirmed presentations please click on the individual sessions. Please note the program is subject to change.

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DAY 1 - THURSDAY 29 AUGUST
DAY 1 - THURSDAY 29 AUGUST
WELCOME TO THE NATIONAL SMALL BUSINESS SUMMIT

Welcome to the peak small business policy Summit, Australia’s premier event informing government and regulators on future policy for small business. Speaker: Mark McKenzie (COSBOA Chair)

SESSION 1: REGULATORS
9:00 am - 11:00 am
Session Chairs: Elizabeth Skirving & Kate Carnell
 

With the power to make or break a business, our regulators hold an essential position in the business community. But what real, tangible moves are they making to benefit small business? In this super-session we hear their thoughts on the new government policies, and how they plan to improve things for the business community going forward. Speakers: John Price (ASIC Commissioner), Chris Jordan (Commissioner of Taxation), Sandra Parker (Fair Work Ombudsman), Dr. Gary Johns (Commissioner of Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits) and Geoff Browne (AFCA Lead Ombudsman for Small Business).

MORNING TEA
 

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SESSION 2: WHAT ROLE CAN AN ASSOCIATION PROVIDE?
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Session Chairs: Jos De Bruin & Sandy Chong

This session will aim to drive awareness within the Government and business communities regarding the untapped value of Industry associations and the role they play. It will discuss the role of associations in representing their members and advocating for strong positive policies that are in the best interest of their businesses, the communities and the economy in general. Speakers: Mick Keogh (ACCC Deputy Chair), Bruce Billson (Independent NED at the Australian Property Institute) and Sarah Danckert (Business Reporter at Fairfax Media).

LUNCH
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
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SESSION 3: TECHNOLOGY AND COMMS
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Session Chairs: Mark Mckenzie & Jon Stewart (AMEX)

This session will begin with keynote addresses from Google and NBN discussing the changing policies surrounding technology and the role they will play in the future of small business.

AFTERNOON TEA

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SESSION 4: EMERGING ISSUES – KEY BARRIERS FOR SMALL BUSINESS
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Session Chairs: Ben Kearney & Colm Maguire

By the people and for the people – this session will begin with a 30-minute Q&A discussing emerging issues raised by members involved in the small business community. Following the Q&A we will go over what policies are closely connected to these issues and discuss how they can be used to positively impact small business in the future.

PRE-DINNER DRINKS
6:15 pm - 7:00 pm

Join us for pre-dinner drinks in the La Trobe Ballroom before the Summit Dinner.

COSBOA SUMMIT DINNER
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
COSBOA 2019 National Small Business Summit Dinner

Join us for a fantastic evening of networking featuring an address by the Minister for Small and Family Business - the Hon. Michaelia Cash.

DAY 2 - FRIDAY 30 AUGUST
DAY 2 - FRIDAY 30 AUGUST
NETWORKING - ARRIVAL TEA & COFFEE

Take the opportunity to network and join us outside the Fitzroy Ballroom for arrival Tea & Coffee before the morning session.

SESSION 5: ENERGY, ELECTIONS AND EVER CHANGING POLICY
9:00 am - 10:00 am
Session Chairs: David Gandolfo & Dominic Schipano
 

This session will include updates by the Australian Energy Minister on where we are heading with power and energy policies and its potential effect on small businesses. Speakers: Hon. Angus Taylor MP (Energy Minister).

MORNING TEA
 

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SESSION 6: WHAT TOOLS AND RESOURCES FOR SMALL BUSINESS
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Session Chairs: Elizabeth Skirving & Christine Pope

This session will focus on the resources made available to small business by the Victorian Government. Speakers: Judy O’Connell (Victorian Small Business Commissioner), Neil Coulson (Victorian Skills Commissioner) and Anna Bligh (CEO of the Australian Banking Association).

SESSION 7: WELLBEING AND SMALL BUSINESS
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Session Chair: Elizabeth Skirving

This presentation will discuss the resourcing and wellbeing of those working for or operating as a small business. It will then cover the policies in place that affect the wellbeing of people working within small businesses. Looking at how those policies affect those within the community, and the effect that not taking care of our small business people could have on the economy. Speakers: Christine Pope (COSBOA Director) and Kylie Holmes (Executive Officer at RFCS Gippsland).

LUNCH
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
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SESSION 8: WHAT DOES THE FUTURE OF SMALL BUSINESS LOOK LIKE?
1:30 pm - 2:45 pm
Session Chairs: Sandy Chong & Ben Kearney

This session will cover the sustainable commitments of small businesses and the government support that will be needed to fulfill them. We will also discuss branding and company values, with a focus on speaking to the youth of tomorrow. It will also discuss results from a survey completed by thousands of young people, sharing insight into who they would vote for based on their current values, and what future concerns they have. Speakers: Paul Frasca (Co-Founder/Director at Sustainable Salons) and Frances Deighton (Consumer Strategy Lead at Junkee Media).

SESSION 9: SEEKING GROWTH WITHIN A GLOBAL DIGITAL ECONOMY
2:45 pm - 3:30 pm

In this session Megan Brownlow will outline the findings of a six-month long study, commissioned by Google Australia, examining how Australia’s small business sector is engaging with the global digital economy, and the challenges and opportunities it has presented. Megan’s work draws upon interviews of more than 600 Australian businesses and she will be joined in conversation by two business owners who participated in her study. Speaker: Megan Brownlow (Deputy Chair, Screen Australia Deputy Chair, Media Federation of Australia)

AFTERNOON TEA

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