Cutting more red tape to boost economic recovery

Roger Jaensch,Minister for State Growth

The Tasmanian Liberal Government is getting on with cutting red tape to reduce unnecessary barriers to the state’s economic recovery and growth.

The latest Red Tape Reduction report shows that during 2020, 25 red tape issues were identified, with 18 now resolved and the remaining 7 making strong progress towards resolution.

The most significant examples highlighted are the building and construction regulatory reforms which took effect in November 2020 to streamline and speed up permit approvals across state and local government.

Following consultation, these reforms directly address delays that have hampered the construction of both affordable homes and major building projects across the state.

Through the introduction of statutory timeframes for issuing permits and approvals across a range of state and local government permit authorities, Tasmanians now have more certainty and consistency when committing to, and investing in, important projects.

By reducing the delays and cost burdens in approval processes, the Tasmanian Government is further supporting the building surge we need to maintain our strong and vibrant economy, build communities and boost housing supply.

Other red tape issues addressed in 2020 include simplifying entry to the peer-to-peer car rental industry, simplifying access to the Student Assistance Scheme for low-income families, and the establishment of a single Civil and Administrative Tribunal – all important reforms that underpin our strategy for economic recovery from the COVID-19 downturn.

Since the commencement of the Red Tape Reduction program in 2014, 144 issues have been identified, with 123 fixed, representing an 85 per cent success rate in removing red tape issues, demonstrating our commitment to making life easier for Tasmanians.

The Tasmanian Liberal Government remains committed to cutting red tape and making Tasmania one of the best places in Australia in which to do business. We encourage anyone who has evidence of what they believe to be a red tape issue to bring it forward to the Office of the Coordinator-General.

The full Tasmanian Red Tape Audit Report 2020-2021 is available at https://www.cg.tas.gov.au/home/red_tape_reduction

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