ADIA is the peak business organisation representing manufacturers and suppliers of dental products. Our vision is for an industry that empowers oral health professionals to advance the health and wellbeing of all Australians...................... — ADIA Strategic Plan


Advisory Group To Support Small Business

Advisory Group To Support Small Business

20th Dec 18

Summary —

The Australian Government has announced the formation of a Small Business Advisory Group that will give support and advice to Australian small and family businesses.

Key Issues For The Dental Industry —

The Minister for Industry, Science and Technology the Hon. Karen Andrews, and the Minister for Small and Family Business, Skills and Vocational Education Sen. the Hon. Michaelia Cash advised that the Small Business Advisory Group will make it easier for businesses to succeed and flourish, and in turn invest, expand, and hire more local staff.

Recognising that small and family businesses are the engine room of the economy, the establishment of the advisory group ensures there is commitment to supporting these businesses.

The advisory group will be co-chaired by Minster Andrews and Senator Cash and filled out with experts in the small and family business sector. On the 10-person advisory group is:

  ■ Kate Carnell AO — Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman;

■ Peter Strong — CEO of the Council of Small Business Organisations Australia;
■ Russell Zimmerman — Executive Director of the Australian Retailers Association;
■ Juliana Payne — CEO of Restaurants and Catering Australia;
■ Paul Meissner — Founder and Managing Director of 5ways Accounting;
■ Kym Clarke — Founder and Owner of She’s Empowered;
■ Matthew Addison — Executive Director of the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers;
■ Michelle Melbourne — Executive Director of Intelledox;
■ John Chapman — South Australian Business Commissioner; and
■ Dominic Ooi — Director of the South West Sydney Business Enterprise Centre.

The expert knowledge and real-world experiences of the advisory group members will complement the services already available on the Government’s business website.

Small businesses employ around 99% of the private sector’s workforce and 7 million Australians and the Government advises that it is committed to helping the small business sector to grow so they can do what they do best – generate economic growth and employ more Australians.

The Small Business Advisory Group is expected to report to the co-chairs in early 2019.

Member Engagement — 

ADIA provides leadership, strategy, advocacy, and support. Our members set our agenda, fund our activities, and directly benefit from the results. With respect to the Association's work to support small business members, the team in the ADIA national office receive advice and guidance from members serving on national committees, who belong to special interest groups and who attend ADIA State Branch Briefings.

Further information —

For further information on this matter please send an email to or telephone 1300 943 094.  To keep up to date with all that's happening in Australia's dental industry following ADIA on Twitter at @AusDental and on Facebook at

Currency & Disclaimer —

This update was issued on 20 December 2018 and please note that changes in circumstances after the publication of material or information may impact upon its accuracy and also change regulatory compliance obligations. The statements, regulatory and technical information contained herein are believed to be accurate and are provided for information purposes only. Readers are responsible for assessing its relevance and verifying the accuracy of the content. To the fullest extent permitted by law, ADIA will not be liable for any loss, damage, cost or expense incurred in relation to or arising as a result of relying on the information presented here. 

This publication is available for your use under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia licence, with the exception of the ADIA logo, other images and where otherwise stated. 

A.. A D I A . .S T R A T E G I C . .A L L I A N C E S


Dental Industry News

  • Act on Mouth Health This World Oral Health Day

    20th Mar 19

    A healthy mouth and healthy body go hand in hand. This World Oral Health Day (WOHD) everyone has the power to act to reduce the impact of oral diseases on individuals, families, and communities. More

  • Australian Dental Industry Awards 2020 - Nominate Today

    25th Jun 19

    Convened by the Australian Dental Industry Association (ADIA), the Australian Dental Industry Awards 2020 recognise excellence in the provision of quality products and services that support the work of dentists and allied oral healthca More