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Optometrists Association has secured its seat on the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) Small Business Consultative Committee for a further two years.

OAA CEO Genevieve Quilty has been asked to continue her participation on the Small Business Consultative Committee.

Ms Quilty joined the committee in April 2012. She said the association submitted an application to rejoin the committee as the invitation to remain was not automatic.

‘The committee provides a powerful platform for the association to raise important matters relating to the application of the Australian Competition Law as well as the opportunity to collaborate with other peak representative groups about small business matters,’ Ms Quilty said.

‘The association is delighted to have been selected to rejoin after an initial two-year membership period,’ she said.

The ACCC established the committee to provide a forum in which competition and consumer law concerns related to the small business sector could be discussed by industry and government.

The committee meets twice a year, chaired by ACCC deputy chairman Dr Michael Schaper.

Committee members are drawn from a range of areas including small business, industry associations, business advisory groups and government agencies, with a focus on ensuring membership represents the broader interests of the small business sector.

The next meeting will take place in May 2014.

Association members are invited to contact Genevieve Quilty at g.quilty@optometrists.asn.au to raise relevant issues.

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