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Victoria Minister for Innovation, Services and Small Business Louise Asher

New Small Business Commissioner Begins Work

Victor P Taffa

Minister for Innovation, Services and Small Business Louise Asher today announced that Geoff Browne had begun work as Victoria’s new Small Business Commissioner.

“Following an extensive search, I am pleased to announce that Mr. Browne, formerly the Deputy Director of Consumer Affairs Victoria, today commenced as the Small Business Commissioner.” Ms. Asher said.

Mr. Browne replaces Peter Lisle, who has been acting in the role for the past eighteen months, following Mr. Mark Brennan’s appointment as Director of Liquor Licensing.

“As Acting Small Business Commissioner, Mr. Lisle was a tireless advocate for small Business.” Ms. Asher said.

“This position has helped many Victorians avoid the disruption often associated with small business disputes and I thank Mr. Lisle for his extremely valuable contribution.”

Mr. Browne’s strong leadership skills and his extensive experience in both the public and private sectors in senior management roles makes him an outstanding appointment to the role of Commissioner.

“Mr. Browne joined Consumer Affairs Victoria in 2005 as Deputy Director, and has had a wide variety of responsibilities including leading organisational change, providing strategic direction and advice, ensuring the effective delivery of Consumer Affairs’ services to Victorians, implementing program management and overseeing numerous major projects.” Ms. Asher said.

Mr. Browne has been a Trustee of the Travel Compensation Fund, a member of the Australian Business Register Advisory Board and the Chair of the Legal and Governance Working Group for the Business Names National Reform COAG project.

Mr. Browne holds a Masters Degree and First Class Honours Degree in Economics and a Graduate Diploma in Company Secretarial Practice.

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