Policy submissions

Recent policy submissions

Casual Mall Licensing Code of Practice

The SBDC provided submissions to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) on the application for re-authorisation of the voluntary Casual Mall Licensing Code of Practice (‘the Code’). The Code regulates the terms on which shopping centres offer casual mall licences to temporary retailers, such as “pop-up” shops, and gives permanent tenants (lessees) certain rights if casual mall licences are not granted in accordance with it.

In December 2017, the ACCC issued its final determination in respect of the application and agreed to grant the Code’s authorisation until 31 December 2020. In reaching its position, the ACCC recommended the Code be amended to increase lessees’ rights and provide greater independent oversight.

Submission to “The Digital Economy: Opening Up the Conversation”

On 30 November 2017, the SBDC provided its views to the Federal Department of Industry, Innovation and Science in response to its Digital Economy Consultation Paper.

The submission provided insights into issues small businesses face when engaging with the digital economy, based on the SBDC’s day-to-day experiences dealing with small business operators, along with direct input via a client survey. The submission also identified opportunities the digital economy offers, especially in relation to online marketing, social media engagement, accessing a global marketplace and working remotely.

Submission to the Review of Community Pharmacy Ownership

In December 2017, the SBDC provided a submission to the Department of Health’s Review of Community Pharmacy Ownership in Western Australia. One of the focus areas of the review was on whether the current regulations were sufficient to maintain the integrity of the sector and in keeping with current practices and emerging trends.

The submission drew attention to the ownership and business models of large-scale, discount pharmacies which often use complex franchise structures composed of partnerships and alliances between individual pharmacists and a pharmacy-owned company to meet the State’s strict ownership rules.

Economic Regulation Authority Inquiry into Reform of Business Licensing

On 30 November 2017, the Economic Regulation Authority commenced an inquiry into reform of State Government business and occupational licensing. The ERA has published Terms of Reference and consultation papers. The first consultation period closed on 3 April 2018.

Local Government Act Review

On 8 November 2017, the Minister for Local Government announced the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries would be undertaking a review the Local Government Act 1995.

The Review is being conducted in two phases, with Phase One focusing on:

  • electronic availability of information
  • meeting public expectations for accountability, including gift disclosures
  • meeting community expectations of standards, ethics and performance
  • building capacity through reducing red tape
  • regional subsidiaries

Phase Two of the Review will examine:

  • increasing participation and public confidence in local elections
  • increasing community participation in local government decision-making
  • improving financial management, including through local government enterprises
  • building capacity through reducing red tape

Submissions for phase one closed on 9 March 2018, with the Department receiving more than 240 submissions.

The SBDC submitted comments to this review which focused primarily on access to information and reducing local government red tape.

Ministerial Review of the WA industrial relations system

On 22 September 2017, the Government announced it would commence a review of the State industrial relations system, and released the associated Terms of Reference for the review.

65 submissions were made in response to the Terms of Reference, with the SBDC also making a submission

The Review Panel released the Interim Report on 20 March 2018, and are calling for submissions on this report by 17 April 2018.