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  • Small Business Stewardship Group

    The Small Business Stewardship Group is one of nine ongoing stewardship committees operated by the ATO as a means of improving the client experience and the administration of Australia’s tax and super systems. It is not a decision making committee and its deliberations are not binding on the ATO.

    The Small Business Stewardship Group’s focus is on:

    • gaining insights into issues small businesses face
    • identifying opportunities to improve the tax and super system to make it easy to get things right and hard not to, through an understanding of the effects on the small business sector
    • being a conduit for information-sharing between the ATO and small businesses via engagement, education and communication within networks.

    The ATO consultation protocol underpins the ATO’s consultation framework arrangements.

    Contact details

    The secretariat of the Small Business Stewardship Group can be contacted via email at


    Members are drawn from groups that represent or advise small businesses, including industry associations and peak bodies, or are small businesses themselves. Due to the size of the group, our focus is on ensuring membership represents a broad cross-section of Australian small businesses.

    Appointment to the Small Business Stewardship Group is at the discretion of the ATO. Membership is typically for a period of two calendar years.

    Members are expected to provide input at meetings on:

    • issues and processes affecting the small business sector in relation to the administration of tax and super
    • emerging issues or developments that may be of concern to small businesses in relation to meeting their tax and superannuation obligations
    • communication strategies and external networking opportunities to enhance engagement, education and communication with the small business community, and
    • any other issues, specifically requested by the ATO or raised by the group.
    Group membership details are listed below.




    Deborah Jenkins (Chair), Small Business

    Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman

    Kate Carnell (Chair)


    James O'Halloran, Superannuation and Employer Obligations


    Michelle Crosby, Commonwealth Business Registry Service


    Robert Ravanello, Debt and Lodgment


    Justine Williams, Small Business


    Bede Fraser

    Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry

    Jenny Lambert

    Australian Lottery and Newsagents Association

    Michael Renshaw

    Australian Retailers Association

    Yale Stephens

    Australian Veterinary Association

    Anne McCotter

    Business Enterprise Centres Australia Ltd

    Graham Baxter

    Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand

    Susan Franks

    Council of Small Business Organisations Australia

    Peter Strong

    Department of Jobs and Small Business

    Peter Cully

    Department of Jobs and Small Business

    Rose Verspaandonk

    Direct Selling Association of Australia Inc

    Gillian Stapleton

    Employer Obligations Australia

    Paul Mather

    Indigenous Business Australia

    Wally Tallis

    Motor Traders Association of Australia

    Richard Dudley

    Real Estate Institute of Australia

    Jock Kreitals

    Restaurant and Catering Industry Association

    Julian Harniman

    Small Business Operator

    Deborah Cook

    Small Business Operator

    Maree Petersen

    Small Business Operator

    Michelle Size

    Small Business Operator

    Tony Sama


    Minutes of meetings are available below.

    For prior minutes email and specify what you require.

    Last modified: 20 Jun 2019QC 43725