Red Tape Reduction

The State Government of Western Australia has made a commitment to improve the quality of its regulation and to reduce the burden on the community.

We all accept the fact that regulations are essential for the management of any healthy economy.

However, while much of it is necessary and beneficial, for example protecting worker safety or the environment, some regulations may not always be as efficient or effective as possible.

Dealing with government regulations imposes direct costs on businesses and distracts from day to day business operations. In particular, time-consuming, poorly-designed, ineffective or excessive red tape impacts on the efficiency of small businesses and ultimately results in extra costs to consumers.

If you have a red tape issue, contact our Small Business Advocacy Service.

Regulatory Impact Assessments

Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA) is a two-tiered process to assess regulatory proposals to determine their impact on business, (including government businesses), consumers or the economy, that will generally be undertaken by agencies.

The RIA process will be applied to new and amending regulatory proposals and aims to address the question of whether regulation is required or if policy objectives can be achieved by alternative measures, with lower cost for business and the community.

The State Government is aware that regulatory proposals can have numerous impacts and these need to be considered when developing regulations. The role of the RIA process is to ensure the benefits and costs are transparent to enable government to ensure that benefits outweigh costs overall.

The Regulatory Gatekeeping Unit within the Department of Treasury has been established by the State Government of Western Australia to administer and guide agencies through the RIA process.

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COAG regulation reform agenda

The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) is currently pursuing 27 priority areas for regulatory reform, some of which will impact on small business.

One of COAG’s core aims is to create regulatory regimes that provide coordinated national governance over issues of national significance.

The proposal for a “seamless national economy” encompasses the broad reform agenda being advanced by the COAG Business Regulation and Competition Working Group, which seeks to improve the efficiency of regulation of national markets.

Western Australia currently co-chairs the Working Group, through the Western Australian Under Treasurer, and the SBDC provides input into relevant areas of the COAG reform agenda through participation on the Working Group’s West Australian Interagency Group.

Specifically, the Small Business Development Corporation is involved in working groups developing Western Australia’s negotiating position in the “hotspots” of Personal Property Securities and National Trade Licensing reforms.

The SBDC also has a leading policy and coordination role within the State in relation to the Registering Business Names hotspot.

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