The Hon. Bruce Billson, Ombudsman of the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman and Mark Stockwell, the Director of eInvoicing at the ATO discussed at SmallBiz Week how the government can better support the SME sector in terms of digitalisation and digital tools.

Mark is leading the government’s eInvoicing initiative, resulting in several billion dollars of productivity benefits to the Australian economy. Mark collaborated with New Zealand in 2019 to form the Trans-Tasman eInvoicing initiative and adopt the International Peppol standard to support the initiative. He recently returned to this role after spending 12 managing the ATO relationship with Digital Service providers and leading ATO’s IT portfolio and governance operations. Mark was previously a program manager for the government’s SuperStream initiative, delivering significant benefits to Employers and Superannuation funds.

Bruce Billson commenced his role as Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO) in March 2021. Bruce brings experience and knowledge to the role of Ombudsman, and an understanding of the issues facing small business, having started his own advisory business in 2016. Bruce’s political career spans 30 years, including his role as Cabinet Minister for Small Business from 2013-2015. During this role, Bruce was instrumental in the establishment of ASBFEO and the passing of complex legislation to establish the office. Bruce has shown his dedication to small business through various board appointments, including the Franchise Council of Australia, Deakin University Business School and Australian Property Institute, and more recently through his appointment as Administrator for the City of Whittlesea.

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