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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 our consultation framework arrangements.


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


    Group membership details




    Deborah Jenkins (Co-chair), Small Business


    Andrew Watson, Small Business


    John Ford, Superannuation and Employer Obligations


    Michelle Crosby, Commonwealth Business Registry Service


    Vivek Chaudhary, Debt and Lodgment

    Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry

    Ross Lambie

    Australian Lottery and Newsagents Association

    Michael Renshaw

    Australian Retailers Association

    Fleur Brown

    Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman

    Kate Carnell (Co-chair)

    Australian Veterinary Association

    Moss Siddle

    Business Enterprise Centres Australia

    Graham Baxter

    Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand

    Susan Franks

    Council of Small Business Organisations Australia

    Peter Strong

    Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources

    Peter Cully

    Direct Selling Association of Australia Inc

    Gillian Stapleton

    Indigenous Business Australia

    Greg Ellis

    Institute of Certified Bookkeepers

    Matthew Addison

    Motor Trades Association of Australia

    Richard Dudley

    Real Estate Institute of Australia

    Jock Kreitals

    Restaurant and Catering Industry Association

    Thomas Green

    Small Business Operator

    Deborah Cook

    Small Business Operator

    Maree Petersen

    Small Business Operator

    Tony Sama


    Bede Fraser

    Key messages

    Key messages from meetings held in the last three years are available below.

    Regular meetings

    Special briefings


    Minutes from meetings held in the last three years are available below.

    For prior key messages and minutes, email and specify what you require.

    Last modified: 26 Oct 2020QC 43725