Wednesday, 08 January 2014
Red tape reduced: Victorian Coalition Government announces 36 red tape reforms
· Victorian Coalition Government announces 36 red tape cutting reforms
· Reforms will contribute to Government’s 25% red tape reduction target
· Reforms announced following Red Tape Commissioner’s extensive consultation
Acting Premier and Minister for State Development Peter Ryan along with Treasurer Michael O’Brien have announced 36 red tape reforms to boost productivity and reduce costs for Victorian businesses.
Mr Ryan said the reforms would benefit many sectors of Victoria’s economy as the Coalition Government strived to make the State an even more attractive place to live and do business.
“The process for applying for compensation if Metro’s performance standards are not met in any month will be much easier and able to be completed online, while applying for a veteran’s travel pass will be made much
“Within the building industry, there will be an increase in the acceptable maximum average height for walls constructed on or near a boundary without the need to apply for a council permit, saving builders and home-owners time and money,” Mr Ryan said.
“The process for returning rehabilitation bonds to mining companies will also be simplified.
“The hospitality sector will see the removal of an unnecessary regulation that requires liquor licensees to apply for approval to hold alcohol-free underage concerts on licensed premises, while other processes, including
those around hosting live music, will be simplified.
“Retail will also benefit as the Coalition Government will lift the restriction on the sale of plastic knives to adults under the age of 18, reducing staffing requirements and unnecessary packaging.
“Changes to registration requirements will allow Segway (upright scooter) tours of Melbourne, creating a new way for visitors to experience our great capital city.”
Mr Ryan said the reforms were accepted following an extensive consultation period by Red Tape Commissioner John Lloyd.
“Mr Lloyd met with 25 different associations as well as a significant number of individual businesses, before putting his reform proposals forward,” Mr Ryan said.
Treasurer Michael O’Brien, who with Mr Ryan led the Government’s response to the Red Tape Commissioner’s reform proposals, said 22 reforms would be implemented in time to meet the Government’s 25 per cent red tape reduction target commitment of July 2014 with the other 15 to be introduced in the near future.
“The Coalition Government made a commitment to significantly reduce red tape by 25 per cent and we are on track to meet that target.
“Cutting red tape encourages business investment in Victoria and the removal of these 22 unnecessary regulations will contribute to delivering more than $715 million in red tape savings to Victorian businesses and the wider economy.”