Update from the Small Business Wellbeing and Support Policy Team

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We are collaborating with key small business and mental health representatives to bring ideas to the surface and address complex wellbeing issues.

The Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business hosted two Small Business Mental Health Roundtables on 12 December 2018 and 13 February 2019, with the latter attracting a visit from the Prime Minister, the Hon Scott Morrison MP.

Kerri Hartland, Secretary of Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business, Prime Minister Scot Morrison and Minister Cash meet with small business representatives at the second Small Business Mental Health Roundtable at Parliament House.

Photo 1: Kerri Hartland, Secretary of Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business, Prime Minister Scot Morrison and Minister Cash meet with small business representatives at the second Small Business Mental Health Roundtable at Parliament House.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Minister Cash, Kerri Hartland and Peter Cully, Division Head met with federal and state government representatives, mental health representatives and small business representatives at the second Small Business Mental Health Roundtable at Parliament House.

Photo 2: Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Minister Cash, Kerri Hartland and Peter Cully, Division Head met with federal and state government representatives, mental health representatives and small business representatives at the second Small Business Mental Health Roundtable at Parliament House.

The four working groups focused on common policy principles, leveraging community, language and messaging and web-accessible information.

The roundtables facilitated a clearer understanding of the needs of small businesses among mental health representatives and identified opportunities for future collaboration. The participants sought to identify the key opportunities for assisting small business owners based on these needs, and these opportunities fed into the establishment of four short-term working groups. The working groups brought together experts from the fields of mental health and small business, including small business operators, industry associations and government.

The working groups progressed work to establish shared principles amongst policy makers, identifying opportunities to leverage the community, through both formal and informal support structures, clarify and explore the best language and messaging in promoting mental health, and connect small business owners with readily accessible information and resources.

The findings of these working groups will inform future areas of focus and policy development.

Contact us: smallbusinesswellbeing@employment.gov.au