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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 6 Hansard (8 June) . .

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Traders (Licensing) Bill 2016

Mr Barr, by leave, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.

Title read by Clerk.

MR BARR (Molonglo—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Tourism and Events and Minister for Urban Renewal) (4.59): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

Today I present the Traders (Licensing) Bill 2016. The government is committed to supporting business growth and development in the territory and ensuring that we remain an attractive place to do business. In May of last year we released the confident and business ready business development strategy that detailed our vision for a strong business-friendly environment that nurtures innovation and encourages investment.

A key priority in this strategy is to make it easier for businesses to meet their regulatory requirements by streamlining processes and simplifying the flow of information between businesses and the territory government. The establishment of Access Canberra has provided a single, coordinated point for access to regulatory services, making it easier for businesses, for community groups and for individuals to get their business done in the territory.

Access Canberra is systemically reforming its processes to improve customer experience and to reduce the cost of doing business in the territory. Currently there are more than 40 different types of fair trading licensing of individuals and businesses in the territory. These licensing types have varied processes and requirements which are outlined in different legislation. Several of these acts contain outdated licensing requirements which are incompatible with efforts to modernise and streamline the licensing process.

Legislation created in the early 1900s could not have foreseen the arrival of the digital economy and the advantages of the digital economy. This inhibits a digital-led service delivery model that minimises the time businesses have to spend filling out paperwork and attending service centres through the development of smart form technology and process redesign.

This bill establishes a single licensing framework act that will provide a standardised and simplified licensing process compatible with the needs and expectations of 21st century digital economy. The bill removes licensing provisions under the Sale of Motor Vehicles Act 1977, the Fair Trading (Motor Vehicle Repair Industry) Act 2010, the Second-hand Dealers Act 1906, the Pawnbrokers Act 1902 and consolidates them in one simple, standardised and easily accessible licensing act.

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