Legislative assembly

Doing business even easier with ACT

The Better Regulation report will be tabled in the Legislative Assembly today, setting out the ACT Government’s agenda to make it easier to start, run and grow a business in the ACT through a regulation of best practices and simplifying interactions between business and government. The Better Regulation Task Force (BRT) was set up to support Canberra’s recovery from COVID-19 and long-term economic growth.

The Better Regulation report explains how we are improving regulation for business in the ACT. The planned reforms draw on and respond directly to what the BRT has heard from businesses through its engagement.

The Task Force will make it easier to do business in ACT, working with the business community to identify and provide solutions to overcome the barriers they face and building on the question “How can we help?” an approach to which the ACT government has long been committed. We will provide targeted support for businesses to navigate regulatory requirements and try new things, with the aim of saying “yes” where possible.

The Better Regulation report details the ACT government’s forward-looking program of work, the Better Regulation agenda, and includes two key strands of reform, which will progress in parallel.

Stream 1: Policy and Legislation – making continuous improvements to rules, regulations and processes includes:

  • Review of the existing procurement framework from an SME perspective.
  • Prepare ACT for the launch of the Automatic Mutual Recognition (AMR) system to improve the mobility of professional license holders.
  • Develop options to improve existing regulatory provisions.
  • Work with industry and across government to review the policy, legislative, regulatory and process requirements that “frame” the night economy and entertainment industries.

Stream 2: Regulator Business and Practical Experience: Improving, accelerating and simplifying government-business interactions:

  • Gain insight into businesses by probing sentiment, mapping user experience, and piloting human-centered design with businesses.
  • Provide clearer information to businesses to meet their needs.
  • Improve how regulators interact and respond to businesses; for example, allowing for a more individual response to issues that arise, as well as putting all the information businesses need in one place.
  • Reduce the number of times businesses need to interact with government and regulators, and reduce duplicate processes.

The full Better Regulation report and a summary version are online to help business owners understand what the regulatory reform agenda will mean for them. BRT will continue to engage with businesses as the Better Regulation program progresses.

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