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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2013 Week 9 Hansard (8 August) . . Page.. 2794..


Business—red tape reduction (Question No 125)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Economic Development, upon notice, on 16 May 2013:

(1) For each of the Fix My Red Tape Online Feedback Tool elements namely, business assistance, business names and associations, gambling, lotteries, raffles and racing, labour regulation, liquor licenses, workplace health and safety, other, payments, plant and equipment operator licenses, security licenses, workers' compensation, can he provide the (a) number of red tape issues received and (b) numbers of red tape resolved.

(2) Will the Minister provide a list of issues (a) identified and (b) resolved.

Mr Barr: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

The table at Attachment A outlines the number of incidents that have been received and resolved through the Fix My Red Tape website as at 16 May 2013, as well as a summary of the matter and action taken in relation to it.

EDD will be undertaking a post implementation review in the next couple of months which will also explore opportunities for greater exposure for the Fix My Red Tape website, including social media.

The Government is continuing to engage with the business community directly, including through regular meetings of the Red Tape Reduction Panel. The Panel is comprised of representatives from the Council of Small Businesses of Australia, the ACT and Region Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Canberra Business Council, the Office of Regulatory Services (ORS) and the Economic Development Directorate (EDD). A representative of Clubs ACT is also participating on the Panel for the next six months as the Panel focuses on reforms in the clubs and hospitality sector.

In addition to the Fix My Red Tape website a number of initiatives have been implemented since the establishment of the Red Tape Reduction Panel including:

      •     Motor vehicle registration labels - It is expected that registration labels will no longer be required for light vehicles from 1 July 2013. Light vehicle owners will continue to receive registration renewal notices and registration certificates, however they will be no longer be required to display a registration label on their vehicle.

      •     Longer licence terms - The Justice and Community Safety Legislation (Red Tape Reduction No. 1 - Licence Periods) Amendment Bill 2013 was tabled in the Assembly on 6 June 2013 and proposes amendments to various licensing provisions. The amendments are expected to be implemented by the end of 2013 pending passage of the Bill. The amendments extend the maximum term (from one year, amended to three years) for a range of licences and registrations issued by ORS.

      •     E-lodgement of rental bonds -The Government is currently undertaking a procurement process to replace the existing rental bond business system. The design of the new system has been specifically identified as requiring the implementation of online lodgement and refund of bonds. The potential implementation timeframe will be determined through the procurement process, but is not anticipated to be finalised until the end of 2014.


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