To ensure the code was meeting its objectives, the Business Council initiated an independent review by Professor Graeme Samuel AC, a former Australian Competition and Consumer Commission chairman.
The review panel also included:
- Kate Carnell AO, Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman
- Judy O’Connell, Victorian Small Business Commissioner
- Peter Strong, Chief Executive, Council of Small Business Organisations Australia
- Dirk Fourie, Rio Tinto, Principal, Procurement.
The panel's findings confirmed that the code can work for small businesses and that there is no reason that governments and large businesses can’t sign up now.
The review made a number of recommendations to address issues raised in the expert panel’s consultation process and to promote greater adoption of the code. All recommendations have been adopted.
You can read the full independent review report here.