Public to have their say on red tape reduction

3rd Aug 2012 | Category: Federal & State Government

The  State Government is inviting all Queenslanders to have their say on the regulatory burdens impacting their daily lives.

Assistant Minister for Finance, Administration and Regulatory Reform, Deb Frecklington, said the Office of Best Practice Regulation (OBPR) today released an issues paper outlining a proposed framework to measure and reduce onerous red tape and regulation.

“The Office was established as part of the Newman Government’s 100-day Action Plan to reduce red tape,” she said.

“The previous Labor Government strangled and stifled business in Queensland with red tape and regulatory inefficiencies.”

Ms Frecklington said the Newman Government was committed to reducing red tape by 20 per cent.

“The Newman Government’s amendments to the Queensland Competition Authority Act have empowered OBPR to review the existing regulations,” she said.

“OBPR will review and publicly report on Regulatory Impact Statements submitted by departments that are seeking to introduce new legislation.

“The Office will improve accountability by publishing an annual report, measuring departmental performance against new regulatory burden benchmarks.”

Ms Frecklington said the issues paper outlined proposed priorities for fast track reform and provided examples of regulatory burdens faced by business owners and landholders.

“This paper will spark constructive debate about the short, medium and long term regulatory reforms needed in Queensland,” she said.

“Public consultation is vital to ensuring we get the balance right. Some regulation is necessary, but it must not stifle economic growth.

“The OBPR estimates the burden of regulation to be in the order of one per cent of Gross State Product or some $2.5 billion.”

Submissions to the OBPR can be made until August 31. Queenslanders concerned about regulation and red tape are encouraged to write to the OBPR at any time. (http://www.qca.org.au/OBPR/rbr/)