Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 12 Hansard (Thursday, 25 November 2021) . . Page.. 3800 ..
(9) When will the legislative review be completed and will a legislative review report be publicly released.
Ms Cheyne: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:
(1) The Jobs and Economic Recovery Plan released on 27 August 2020 committed to establish a Better Regulation Taskforce. This commitment was funded in the 2020-21 Budget, and the Taskforce commenced in February 2021.
(2) Five priority areas for the Taskforce were identified through the Jobs and Economic Recovery Plan:
a. Expanding digital service offerings of the ACT Government’s public interactions and support Canberra businesses to transition to greater digital technology operations.
b. Improving labour mobility through automatic recognition of licences from other parts of Australia.
c. Identifying areas of regulatory burden through stakeholder engagement with ACT industry representative groups and businesses.
d. Reviewing key legislation to:
i. reduce the need for businesses to contact multiple Government agencies; and
ii. ensure legislation across the ACT supports new business models to grow the digital economy.
e. Removing barriers to investment in the Territory.
(3) At the 2020-21 Budget four FTE were reprioritised from within CMTEDD to form the Better Regulation Taskforce (SES 1.4, SOGA, SOB and SOGC calculated using the Average Salary Costing Model).
(4) No contractors, advisers or other external service providers comprise the Better Regulation Taskforce. Through the 2020-21 Budget the Better Regulation Taskforce received funding for:
a. procurement of specialist capabilities to the value of $329,100 over three financial years ($124,000 in 2020-2021, $142,900 in 2021-2022, and $62,200 in 2022-2023).
(5) The Better Regulation Taskforce has met with stakeholders within the ACTPS as part of the discovery phase and to validate areas for further analysis. These meetings are not minuted.
(6) The Taskforce has undertaken initial analysis of the issues raised through stakeholder engagement. While there is still necessary engagement to be undertaken, some common themes and issues have presented themselves, including:
a. Small business information and communications
b. Simplification of Government to Business interactions
c. Regulator Practice (clarity, capability, culture, continuous improvement)
d. Programs and Support for SMEs
e. Skilled Workforce
f. Continuous Improvement – Reviewing ACT Legislation and Regulations.