Industry insights

Small business industry insights

Growth rate of small business 13.3% annual increase in new business launches
Size of small business sector 2 million plus small businesses in Australia
Venture capital (VC) investment in Australian startups $230 million annually and growing

Leadership and management industry insights

Employment/positions projection 7.8% growth to 2022
Earnings (Average full time earnings) $2,298 per week
Full time vs part time 85.7% full time

Business and management insights

There’s no doubt about it: Australia is a nation of small business owners and managers. More Aussies are employed by small businesses than medium and large businesses – just over 44%. In other words, if you’re not working in a small business now, there’s a strong chance you will be later in your career. In fact, you might be one of the thousands of Australians who launch their own business each year. Or one of the hundreds of thousands of managers working in small businesses.

Modelling on success

Great leaders aren’t born, they’re made. It takes experience, determination and a bit of elbow grease to become an effective manager. One of the most important steps you can take is learning how to make smarter business decisions. And smarter human decisions.

According to a survey by CPA Australia, the top priorities of fast growing small businesses include good staff (28%, compared to 21.5% of non-growing businesses) and improved business management (27.8%, vs 12.9%). In other words, SMEs that put HR and management at the top of their to-do list are more likely to succeed. As a future leader and manager, you’ve got real power to shape the success of your organisation.

The changing face of employment in Australia

Currently working in a profession? There’s a chance that in the future, your career will look a lot different. Sure, you’ll be doing the same kind of tasks, but according to the stats, you’re much more likely to be an independent contractor. Nearly 10% of all Aussie workers today are independent contractors (ICs). If the trend towards becoming an IC continues, it’ll become just as normal as being a permanent or casual employee within the next 20 years. Being an independent contractor doesn’t just mean knowing how to manage the tax and accounting stuff – though that’s a big part of it. You’ll also need to know how to market yourself as a contractor.

That’s where we come in. Monarch Institute courses are designed to give you the real-world skills you’ll need to succeed as a small business of one.

There’s never been a better time to study business and management. You could be stepping up in your current organisation. Or planning to be your own boss in the future. Whatever your path, you’ll love your Monarch Institute learning experience.

Your next steps

Ready to get started? Check out our nationally recognised courses, including the BSB42615 Certificate IV in New Small Business, or for future family business leaders, the BSB42615 Certificate IV in New Small Business – Specialisation: family business. The BSB51915 Diploma of Leadership and Management is ideal for students chasing those big-picture skills, like organisational change and policy development. Or for a unique course that’ll leave you ready to hit the ground running, explore the BSB61015 Advanced Diploma of Leadership and Management.




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Glenn Buesnel-May
"Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you should set up a life you don’t need to escape from."
– Seth Godin

I started off my career in the Banking sector, with experience in lending and securities. I then spent over 20 years in the Royal Australian Air Force as a Logistics Officer and later specialised in Education and Training, where I was a trainer, assessor and executive.

In 2007, I established a private business as a consultant, specialising in Leadership, Management, Business and Professional Development training. I have qualifications in HR, Management, Leadership, Coaching, Warehousing, Transport and Logistics, the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and Advanced Facilitation. I also trained in Professional Mentoring, Workplace and Leadership Coaching,  Counselling and Conflict Management and underwent undergrad studies in Human Resources.

What gets me out of bed in the morning?

I am passionate about life and getting the most out of it. That doesn’t mean filling every moment with activity, but enjoying where I am, what I’m doing and who I’m with. I also live for weekends, where I spend it exploring, listening to and making music, camping, flying aircraft, playing with my Staffy, named Harper Cookie Face, and enjoying my family. Seeing and helping people develop is also one of my greatest passions.

Ross Anderson
"Those who are in love with learning are in love with life."
– Charles Handy

I have had a long career as a consulting psychologist, as well as holding senior roles in Australian business schools. Through this, I have become an experienced designer, developer and facilitator of a broad range of development initiatives for a large range of organisations.

I was formerly the Director of Executive Education at the Melbourne Business School at Mt Eliza. In this role, I took responsibility for public sector executive education for current and future leaders across Australia and the Pacific region. I have also managed large complex change initiatives in defence, health, the public sector, and utilities. One highlight was when I was responsible for a global project with BHP Billiton. Through my work I’ve developed a deep interest in working with families in business. I bring my broad range of experience to this often complex and challenging area.

As an executive coach, I bring my rich background as a consulting psychologist and expertise with standardised assessment instruments to tailor unique interventions for executives. I’m particularly interested in peak performance and in managing work and whole of life balance, resilience and motivation.

In my primary career as a psychologist I became a leader in the field of trauma management and crisis response. My trauma work included the armed and emergency services, employing organisations and primary and secondary victims.

Josh Wilson
"Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless."
– Jamie Paolinetti

I am a qualified financial planner with tertiary and vocational qualifications in financial planning and law. I’ve had 17 years of experience in the financial planning and wealth management industry. I have worked as a financial planner for a large Australian bank and boutique wealth management firm for over 10 years, and prior to that, as a fund accountant for a London-based asset manager.

What makes me jump out of bed each morning?

I am usually woken up by my three children first! I get excited to see my heirloom tomatoes growing strongly in spring. I love cooking at home on the weekend, hanging out in the park with my wife and three children, and I’m a mad (suffering) Carlton supporter.

Nick Chapman
"Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence."
- Vince Lombardi

I joined Monarch Institute in December 2015. Prior to joining the Monarch team, I was the General Manager of Rockwell Financial Services Group’s consumer investment business. I joined Rockwell after 10 years at the Bennelong Group, one of Australia’s leading private equity and funds management groups.

During my time at Bennelong, I held various positions including General Manager and Director of Aurora Media in Dubai, Director of i-comm Media in London, CEO of Crown Content in Melbourne. My time there culminated in my appointment to the position of Group General Manager.

I have held positions at various charitable organisations, including the Bennelong Foundation and the Butterfly Foundation. I hold a double degree in Law and Commerce, and am a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

What makes me jump out of bed each morning?

I love sport and I’m passionate about fixing things myself. I’m pretty handy with a drill. I’m a half-glass full person, so I focus on the times my handy work results were “well received” by my partner. The time I needed to call out an emergency tradesman, … well I focus on the positives.  I love cooking, particularly I enjoy preparing slow cooked stews for my partner, daughter, family and friends.

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Today’s emerging leaders need a way to cut down on the time it takes to learn from experience. Monarch Institute courses will help you do just that. They’ve been developed by entrepreneurs, business executives, and academics who’ve already been where you want to go. Like Josh Wilson who has successfully built three business and sold two before aged 40. And Glenn Buesnel-May, who has spent over 20 years in the Royal Australian Air Force as an Officer before specialising in Education and Training.

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