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Navigating the Regulatory Maze – How Governments Can Help Small Business

Navigating the Regulatory Maze – How Governments Can Help Small Business

Date & TimeMonday 09 September 2019 12.30–2.30pm
Format Lunchtime Learning, Workshop





CPD Units 1.5
  • Practice Management & Business Skills
  • Substantive Law
Venue LIV Conference Room, Level 13, 140 William Street, Melbourne View Map

Exclusive Member Benefit: This networking opportunity and chance to meet with key government regulators is FREE for all LIV members (registration required).

Capitalise on this exciting opportunity to hear from Australia’s key government regulators and agencies on various resources available to assist small business. With more and more practitioners now dealing with small business clients, this is a chance to network with representatives from Australia’s regulatory bodies, hear how they are streamlining regulation to assist members of the legal profession, and get answers to any queries you may have.

This practical session is part of the LIV Lunchtime Learning series.

Further details below.

Further Details

  • Full Description

    Hear from Australia's key government regulators and agencies, and learn about resources available to assist small business. This session will explore how Australia's regulatory bodies are streamlining regulation and providing valuable resources for practitioners and their small business clients.

    A panel of presenters from agencies including ASIC, ATO, ACCC, FWO and ASBFEO will provide the following:

    • Tips and tricks on how to navigate the complexity of government regulation for small business
    • Updates about small business support services and access to latest resources
    • Opportunity to network and participate in a discussion

    This practical session is part of the LIV Lunchtime Learning series. In recognition of this great networking opportunity and as an added member benefit, this session is FREE for all LIV members. As space is limited, registration is required.

  • Presenters

    Michael Mealy, Senior Investigator, ASIC
    Michael worked at the Australian Taxation Office from 2006 until 2014, where he worked in various business lines including Review & Dispute Resolution, Public Groups & International and Private Groups & High Wealth Individuals. Michael held various positions within these business lines, including dealing with investigations, working with audit teams, as well as litigation and prosecutions roles. After leaving the ATO, and until early 2019, Michael worked at the Victorian Legal Services Board & Commissioner, where he took carriage of various disciplinary conduct complaints, and managed the Dispute Resolution & Review business unit, which was responsible for resolving complaints about lawyers by informal dispute resolution, as well as conducting investigations. For some years, Michael has also worked as a sessional instructor in the Practical Legal Training program at Leo Cussen Centre for Law. Michael has been at ASIC since February 2019, working as a Senior Investigator on criminal matters.

    Eti Abdulioglu, Assistant Director, Consumer and Small Business Strategies Branch, ACCC
    Eti has a Bachelor of Laws (Honours), Master of Laws, Bachelor of Business (Accounting) and has been working at the ACCC for over 10 years. Eti’s role in this branch is conducting a range of consumer-focused projects that align with the ACCC’s priority areas and educate consumers and businesses about their obligations and rights under the CCA and ACL. We employ a range of compliance tools, primarily focusing on education, engagement and disruption. Our work includes the administration of the ACCC’s scams work, including SCAMWatch and the scam disruption program. Previously, Eti worked in the Enforcement Division of the ACCC for many years, investigating, preparing and bringing matters to court.

    Bruce Whyte, Assistant Director, Stakeholder Strategy & Engagement at the Fair Work Ombudsman
    Bruce has over twenty years’ experience working in various industrial relations roles with Federal Government agencies. He started out in compliance roles before moving into various advisory, proactive compliance and stakeholder engagement roles and is currently enjoying working in the Stakeholder Strategy & Engagement area of the Fair Work Ombudsman. As Assistant Director of Stakeholder Strategy & Engagement, Bruce is responsible for leading key projects to facilitate the FWO’s engagement with key issues, stakeholders and communities.

    Lillian Howes, Australian Taxation Office
    Lillian has multidisciplinary experience from working across various business lines within the ATO and is one of our principal large market review officers. Lilian is also one of our lead in-house facilitators and in this role, has facilitated dispute resolution across all market segments and types of taxpayers.

    Mark Schramm, Senior Manager, Dispute Resolution with the Small Business Commission
    Mark Schramm is Senior Manager - Dispute Resolution with the Small Business Commission. He joined the VSBC upon its creation in 2003.  Before joining the Commission, he worked with the ACCC and as a solicitor. He has previously acted as Commissioner and as Director, Small Business Victoria. In his current role, he manages the Commission’s dispute resolution process and assists the Commissioner in advocating and giving guidance on issues including retail leasing, farm debt, owner driver and business to business commercial disputes.

    Dr Craig Latham, Deputy, Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman
    Craig’s experience stretches across business, academia and the public service in Australia and New Zealand.  He has specialist expertise in commercial and tax law, regulatory reform, and private sector and cross-government collaboration.  In his current role, Craig has a particular focus on speedy and low cost dispute resolution for small business and family enterprise. Craig holds undergraduate degrees in economics and law, a Masters of Law and a Doctorate of Philosophy focussed on regulatory systems.

  • About the LIV Lunchtime Learning Series

    The LIV Lunchtime Learning series is designed to provide lawyers with the information and skills required to keep their practice up-to-date and compliant with the constantly changing legal profession. Sessions are highly practical, and cover critical legislative changes and best practices across a range of subject matters and practice areas. Earn CPD points while enhancing key skills and knowledge over the course of a one or two-hour lunch.