Showing posts with label Red Tape. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Red Tape. Show all posts

Thursday, 4 June 2015

ACT Government continues reducing red tape for local businesses

The ACT Government is continuing to cut red tape for business with new legislation introduced today removing 70,000 extra administrative transactions each year through reporting changes for workers compensation.

This complements the ACT Government’s other reforms to reduce regulatory burdens, including the establishment of Access Canberra, a one-stop shop for approvals and other ACT Government services.

The latest red tape reduction bill includes further reforms to:
  • reduce reporting for employers in the Territory by changing wage declarations for workers compensation insurance purposes from six months to 12 months;
  • modernise requirements for public notices in the ACT legislation to enable notification of public notices on an ACT Government website;
  • extend permits under the Public Unleased Land Act 2013 to three years; and
  • support the establishment of Access Canberra by enabling the head of Access Canberra to exercise and delegate functions under Acts for areas of operational responsibility.

With the workers compensation changes, this Bill will remove 70,000 extra administrative transactions per annum.  The Government is also continuing its efforts to reduce administrative costs by extending permit periods for public unleased land use.

The licensing of hawkers will be brought under the Public Unleased Land Act, providing consistency in the regulatory approach to public land use. The Bill will also allow for public notices to be provided online, where appropriate, as well as in print newspapers. This will give government agencies the opportunity to target audiences more effectively and make information easier for business and the community to find.

The ACT Government is committed to an ongoing program of reforms and will continue to engage with stakeholders on opportunities to reduce regulatory burden in the Territory.

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Speak Up About Regulation and Red Tape!

Your opinion counts to making the ACT a better place to do business!

The ACT Government wants to know about regulatory burden and red tape facing your business.

We invite you to respond to a few questions and describe how ACT business requirements affect you. Just as important, we’d like to know how you think the regulatory environment can be improved for your business.

How can I be heard?

You can provide feedback about your business in two ways:

  1. Online, by selecting the relevant link below:
    -  the hospitality sector External Link - opens in new window;
    -  the building and construction sector External Link - opens in new window; or
    -  another sector External Link - opens in new window.

  2. In a one-on-one conversation. Please email to arrange a time to have a discussion. (In consideration of time, limited places available. Requests for one-on-ones will be handled based on sector sampling needs).

Your participation will be important to help us better understand the effects of regulation in the ACT and to help us make the Territory a better place for innovation, growth and starting a business. Your input will also help support work nationally to reduce regulation and red tape. The information collected in this survey will be treated as confidential.

We would appreciate your input by close of business Wednesday 20 August 2014.

If you have any questions, please email

We look forward to hearing from you!

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

ACT Budget 2014-15: Investing in Canberra

On 3 June 2014, ACT Treasurer Andrew Barr handed down the 2014-15 ACT Budget, a budget about investing in Canberra to maintain growth in our economy and support local jobs.

This includes $2.5 billion investment over four years in a capital program - the largest ever by an ACT Government – which will help progress transformational projects such as Capital Metro, Australia Forum, City to the Lake and new court facilities. It also includes investment in the tourism and events, education, health and community sectors.

The ACT Government recognises local businesses as the lifeblood of the economy and it is hoped these investments will deliver the transformative infrastructure needed to support businesses for the long term. As part of the budget there is also a range of new and continuing initiatives aimed specifically at helping businesses to grow and create jobs.

This includes the acceleration of payroll tax reform which will see the threshold rise from $1.75 million to $1.85 million in 2014-15. For businesses with a payroll of $2 million this will mean a saving of $6,850 per year.

Combined with the 2012 payroll tax cuts, this means Canberra businesses, on average, are each paying $25,000 less payroll tax annually than before the reforms.

In his Budget speech, Minister Barr said “Businesses in Canberra continue to benefit from our tax reform agenda. Stamp duty continues to come down and insurance taxes will be fully abolished in 2016.”

The ACT Government recognises the burden government regulation imposes on business and so this Budget brings red tape reduction to the fore, with specific actions right across government.

During 2014-15, the ACT Government will set up a new forum to give business a direct voice in regulatory reform prioritisation.

Businesses will also be able to interact with government easier, with funding commencing for the digital project, iConnect. When fully developed, iConnect will give access to many government services and payment transactions through a single sign on.

As part of its commitment to making Canberra a digital city, the ACT Government will also introduce electronic tendering which will modernise the process for businesses seeking to work with the Government and reduce the administrative burden on small business.

The 2014-15 ACT Budget also provides continuing support for Canberra’s entrepreneurs.

To help those affected by Commonwealth Government job cuts stay in Canberra and build a new future, a specially tailored program will be implemented to provide them with support to start their own business.

Young entrepreneurs will also benefit from the budget through the new Young Business Connect program. The $300,000 program will provide assistance to young entrepreneurs, helping them to develop their ideas and establish new local businesses. This will include business planning and market development advice, connections to specialist advisors and business mentors and assistance in attracting start up funding.

The recently announced CBR Innovation Network, which will provide a more joined up approach to the delivery business services and advice, will have an important role to play in shaping the delivery arrangements for these new programs.

ACT businesses are the heart of our economy and community and this package of measures aims to invest in our city and our economy in partnership with the business community.

View the full ACT Budget 2014-15 External Link - opens in new window.

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

ACT Budget 2013-2014: Supporting Growth, Diversification and Jobs

On 4 June 2013, ACT Treasurer Andrew Barr handed down the 2013-14 ACT Budget, a budget about building and transforming Canberra for a prosperous and sustainable second century.

Within the budget, he acknowledged Canberra’s connected and collaborative private sector –a hub for a growing regional economy – and outlined support initiatives for local businesses to ensure they continue to thrive.

These initiatives continue through the implementation of Growth, Diversification and Jobs: A Business Development Strategy for the ACT, released by Minister Bar in April 2012. They encourage businesses and our economy to grow and diversify, and assist businesses to create jobs. Placing a high priority on market-based approaches that broaden employment and business growth, the initiatives aim to improve Canberra’s competitiveness and economic sustainability. They focus on small to medium enterprises and broadening the role of the private sector by providing targeted funding and support to local businesses and helping to attract new businesses and investment.

This includes supporting Territory businesses to sell their goods and services to the world, with $1.5 million in funding committed to the Global Connect program over a period of two years. Global Connect consists of a range of programs to raise awareness among ACT businesses about exporting, promote collaboration among local exporters, increase the number of local exporters and help them tap into new markets. This is delivered through a number of programs including the Trade Connect grant program, the ACT Exporter’s Network External Link - opens in new window and the ACT Chief Minister’s Export Awards External Link - opens in new window. Read more about the Global Connect funding announcement.

In addition to this, over $5 million has been committed to other initiatives within Growth, Diversification and Jobs: A Business Development Strategy for the ACT. Innovation is a major focus of this, with:
  • $3 million for NICTA External Link - opens in new window, Australia's centre of excellence for information and communication technology research;
  • $650,000 for the Innovation Connect grant program, designed to help Canberra based businesses develop innovative products and services; 
  • $300,000 for the Strategic Opportunities Funding Program, which provides seed funding for the establishment of new innovation infrastructure and collaborative projects in the university and research sector; and
  • $100,000 for the My Digital City innovation prize to stimulate the development of digitally based government services.

The ACT Government is facilitating a business friendly environment through payroll tax reform and reducing red tape. A total of $180,000 was committed to support the already ongoing work of the Red Tape Reduction Panel External Link - opens in new window.

Further support is also provided for business investment, with the development of a brand strategy to shape and promote Canberra comparative advantage as well as committing $520,000 to the newly launched InvestACT program.  This will help allow the InvestACT team to support proactive investment facilitation by providing business intelligence on the Canberra market and supporting potential investors to develop opportunities in the Capital region.

The ACT Government’s expectation is that over the medium to long term, the initiatives within the Business Development Strategy, working in concert with other aligned strategies and approaches of the Government, will lead to measurable diversification and growth in the private sector.

View the full ACT Budget 2013-2014 External Link - opens in new window.

Friday, 22 March 2013

Reducing Red Tape for Business

Ensuring your business complies with all its regulation obligations can be one of the most difficult parts of starting and running a business. It’s something we understand, and through a number of different initiatives identified in Growth, diversification and jobs: A Business Development Strategy, is something the ACT Government is working to fix.

One such initiative is the Australian Business Licence and Information Service (ABLIS) External Link - opens in new window. The ACT Government has had an ongoing role in the design, development and implementation of ABLIS which is part of the Australian Business Number and Business Names Registration Project – one of 27 regulatory priorities under the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) red tape reform initiative.

ABLIS allows you, for the first time, to go online and create a customised list of information about how to comply with the rules and regulations that apply to your specific situation. You can use it to provide information on ACT specific compliance obligations, or if you are trading in New South Wales (or any other Australian state for that matter), you can find out about theirs.

In addition to our ongoing role in red tape reform at a national level, we have also established the Red Tape Reduction Panel which works across the whole ACT Government to investigate and eliminate, or appropriately modify, regulatory impediments that frustrate you and other Canberra businesses.

Supporting the work of the Red Tape Reduction Panel, is the online feedback tool, Fix my Red Tape External Link - opens in new window. If your business is having trouble with unnecessary red tape, you can use this tool to provide feedback, ask questions or lodge complaints about them.