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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 12 Hansard (23 November) . . Page.. 3919..


(Question No 1254)

Mr Smyth

asked the Minister for Business and Economic Development, upon notice, on 20 September 2006:

(1) In relation to Action 5 in the Economic White Paper, how has the role of BusinessACT been enhanced;

(2) What advice has BusinessACT provided (a) on business related issues, such as regulatory reform and the red tape reduction agenda' and (b) about the development and delivery of a suite of programs that will assist businesses to start up, grow, commercialise and export.

Mr Stanhope

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

(1) BusinessACT's roles and functions have been incorporated into the Business and Economic Development unit of Chief Minister's Department.

BusinessACT has provided advice and developed a range of programs and services designed to assist business to start-up, grow, commercialise and export. These include the Business Licence Information Service, Canberra Business Advisory Service, the ACT Exporters Network, ANU MTAA Super Venture Capital Fund, the ACT Technology Commercialisation Program, Skilled and Business Migration Program and the Industry Capability Network.

Services provided by BusinessACT will be refined and enhanced through the establishment of an Enterprise Development Centre, with a focus on providing first class information and advice to small and medium enterprises, new forms of mentoring, and entrepreneurship development.

(2) See Question 1. In addition, BusinessACT provided support to the ACT Planning and Land Authority for its $2 million Commonwealth Red Tape Reduction grant application for a new Development Application processing system, cutting down waiting times for approvals.

BusinessACT also provided a range of advice on small business regulation and red tape matters, including licensing and mutual recognition, for the Minister for Business and Economic Development's involvement in forums such as the Small Business Ministerial Council and the Council of Australian Governments.


(Question No 1256)

Mr Smyth

asked the Minister for Business and Economic Development, upon notice, on 20 September 2006:

(1) In relation to Action 7 in the Economic White Paper and following the abolition of the position of Small Business Commissioner, how will informed decision making by small businesses be promoted;

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