David Eaton

David Eaton

Small Business Commissioner, CEO, Small Business Development Corporation

David Eaton is Western Australia’s Small Business Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer of the Small Business Development Corporation (SBDC). In this dual role, he is responsible for the broad range of services delivered by the SBDC including its dispute resolution and mediation service.

The Commissioner also conducts investigations into corporate and business practices which hinder small business and economic growth; and provides advice on policy and regulatory matters impacting on the small business sector to all tiers of government and the WA Minister for Small Business.

David is the longest serving Small Business Commissioner in Australia and has extensive business management experience, both as a small business owner and in senior corporate positions in Western Australia and Victoria. He was awarded a Public Service Medal in the 2023 Australia Day Honours list for outstanding service to small business development, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.

David holds a Masters in Business Administration (UWA), is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of the Curtin Law School Advisory Board.