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