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Queensland Small Business Advisory Council

The Queensland Small Business Advisory Council focuses on significant small business issues and provides advice and solutions to its Chair, the Minister for Small Business Leeanne Enoch, on issues related to small business growth, sustainability and employment.

Council membership includes small business owners and representatives across a variety of industries and regional and rural Queensland.

The Council has been tasked with:

  • responding to requests from the Minister on identified small business issues
  • responding to requests from the Minister for feedback on proposed small business assistance programs and policies
  • bringing to the Minister’s attention any systemic and emerging issues with the potential to affect the ability of Queensland small businesses to operate successfully.

Better Regulation Taskforce

The Council has established the Better Regulation Taskforce as a sub-committee to provide advice on opportunities to improve regulation for small business in Queensland. The Taskforce assumes the work of the former Red Tape Reduction Advisory Council which has been amalgamated into the Council.


The members of the Queensland Small Business Advisory Council are:

  • The Honourable Leeanne Enoch MP, Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy and Minister for Small Business (Chair)
  • Ms Maree Adshead, Queensland Small Business Champion
  • Ms Courtney Petersen, Shine Lawyers
  • Mr Tony Axford, Gold Coast Small Business Advisory Centre
  • Mr Ralph Edwards, BrightEyes Sunglasses Group
  • Ms Debbie Smith, Foodworks Toowoomba and MGA Independent Retailer
  • Mr Derek Lightfoot, Tropical Pines
  • Ms Julia Telford, Engage and Create Consulting
  • Ms Julie-ann Lambourne, enVizion
  • Ms Kate Whittle, Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ)
  • Australian Industry Group (AiG) (representative to be announced).

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Last updated 2018-01-08

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