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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 03 Hansard (Wednesday, 31 March 2021) . . Page.. 710 ..

MS CHEYNE: I thank Dr Paterson for the question. The job of the Better Regulation Taskforce is to make interactions between government and business better, faster and simpler. The BRT, as it is known, will put in place the best settings for business recovery, longer term growth and regulation in the ACT.

The BRT will make starting, running and growing a business easier in the ACT. Through engagement with businesses, broader industry groups and the community, the BRT will identify the priority areas for improving rules and regulations, government processes and available information and supports. The BRT will examine lessons learned from our response to COVID-19 about how we can better communicate with businesses, be adaptable and engage to achieve best outcomes.

The BRT will also draw on lessons from previous reform programs from across the country and will lead the ACT’s involvement in national reforms emerging from the commonwealth’s Deregulation Taskforce.

DR PATERSON: Minister, what work has the Better Regulation Taskforce undertaken to date?

MS CHEYNE: The taskforce has just commenced. The first step is a discovery phase which will involve a broad program of consultation and engagement right across Canberra. The BRT will seek to use as many different channels and approaches as possible to engage with businesses and the broader community. Acknowledging how busy business owners are and the demands on their time, the BRT will engage with people in the way that suits them. Engagement will be focused and respectful of people’s time. The BRT has already engaged with a variety of small businesses and industry bodies and is planning a broader program of engagement.

MR PETTERSSON: Minister, what are the next steps for the Better Regulation Taskforce?

MS CHEYNE: I thank Mr Pettersson for the question. The immediate focus is on identifying the issues, be they large or small, emerging from regulation or processes that are a burden to business. Once an issue is identified, the taskforce will work across the whole of government to seek to develop solutions and improvements wherever possible. An important part of the work of the BRT will be to stay in contact with businesses and to provide progress updates on work underway on the issues raised. They look forward to doing so.

Mr Barr: I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Supplementary answer to question without notice

Naas Valley—bridge

MR STEEL: Yesterday I took on notice a question from Ms Lawder about the Naas Road bridge. I am pleased to provide the Assembly with an answer today, after checking the facts. Construction is currently underway to build a new two-lane bridge on Naas Road over the Gudgenby River to replace the old one-lane timber bridge,

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