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Red tape cull continues

Tasmanians are benefiting from the Hodgman Liberal Government’s commitment to reduce red tape.
The 2016 Tasmanian Red Tape Audit Report 2016 report released today documents a total of 98 red tape issues identified through consultation (up from 73 in 2015), 72 of which have been addressed so far through legislative and policy changes in areas including agriculture, transport, tourism, retail and the community sector, including:
• Planning reforms, faster council approvals and reduced permit requirements for home building and renovations;
• From January 2017, structures like carports, decks, sheds, home renovations and many houses will no longer require building or plumbing permits as long as the work is done by licensed tradespeople;
• Planning approval timeframes have also been reduced from 42 to 28 days for permitted development, so work can start sooner; and
• The removal of barriers to allow Uber to operate in Tasmania and Tasmanian farmers to grow industrial hemp as an agricultural crop are other examples where red tape reduction is creating opportunities for jobs and the Tasmanian economy.
Cutting red tape is just one way we are opening Tasmania up for business, boosting the economy and securing jobs into the future, but there is still more to be done.
I encourage all Tasmanians who identify regulation that is inefficient, duplicative or heavy handed to contact the Red Tape Reduction Coordinator, Mr Stuart Clues, in the Office of the Coordinator General, email stuart.clues@cg.tas.gov.au.
The Tasmanian Red Tape Audit Report 2016 is available at www.cg.tas.gov.au/home/red_tape_reduction
Roger Jaensch, Parliamentary Secretary for Small Business, Trade, and Red Tape Reduction

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  1. Leveller

    December 19, 2016 at 7:59 pm

    What is the Hodgman Government doing about the totally ineffective and over blown bureaucracy in the Local Government Division, Department of Premier and Cabinet that have been way too close to looking after their mate’s being certain Mayor’s and General Manager’s while many Council’s are in total dysfunction. We still have the 1993 Local Government Act, and all successive Director’s of the Local Government Division have been nothing but fence sitter’s and window dresser’s, (in my opinion). If any of them would of been a professional and efficient and effective Director they would of made many improvement’s by now and taken them to the Minister for Local Government and we wonder why now more and more Council’s are becoming totally dysfunctional. From Victoria’s model I would like to quote their equivalent of our Local Government Division “The Local Government Investigations and Compliance Inspectorate is the dedicated integrity agency for local government in Victoria, with the primary role of investigating offences under the Local Government Act 1989 and to monitor councils governance and compliance with the Act.

    The Inspectorate has the responsibility to investigate concerns related to council operations including criminal or corruption offences involving councillors, senior council officers or any person subject to the conflict of interest provisions.

    The Inspectorate also plays an integral role in local council elections, as the primary agency to receive, assess and investigate matters and offences related to electoral provisions of the Act. This may involve candidates and voters alike and in order to support the democratic process during the 2016 elections, the Inspectorate increased resources to handle a significant rise in complaints and enquiries. As part of the integrity framework for Victoria, the Inspectorate also works collaboratively with the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC), the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC) and the Victorian Ombudsman. Each agency plays a significant role and one of the key aims of the Inspectorate is to provide advice and clarity for local government on those roles.Another key role of the Inspectorate is to promote voluntary compliance with the requirements of the Act and encourage best practice, accountability and transparency in local government.”. HEAR HEAR take note Minister Gutwein MP time to put the broom through your Local Government Division.

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