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Simplifying business in Australia

17 March 2017

Joint media release with the Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, the Hon Steven Ciobo MP

The Australian and Tasmanian governments have launched a major new project to help boost investment and create jobs by cutting unnecessary red tape in the vital nature-based tourism sector.

The 90-day nature-based tourism simplification project is part of the National Business Simplification Initiative (NBSI), and will involve both governments working together to cut red tape and reduce duplication in legislation at state and national levels.

Assistant Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science Craig Laundy said the project would identify overlapping regulatory requirements across different levels and agencies of government and recommend areas for simplification.

“This project will save businesses time and money, allowing them to focus on their business and families, rather than on overly complex government processes and regulations,” Mr Laundy said.

“We are supporting growth in an essential part of Tasmania’s economy. By cutting red tape and making it easier to deal with government, owners will have more time to concentrate on growing their businesses and creating new jobs.”

Federal Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Steven Ciobo said the project will be of benefit to Tasmania’s $1.1 billion tourism industry.

“The Coalition Government supports the tourism industry in Tasmania and this is another example of the government easing regulatory burden on the Tasmanian nature-based tourism industry,” he said.

“Last year Tasmania welcomed almost 230,000 international visitors who spent an average of 15 nights in the Apple-Isle, with Aussies also racking up 2.5 million overnight trips. These Aussie and overseas travellers contributed almost three billion dollars to the Tasmanian economy.”

The NBSI is a landmark agreement to reduce the complexity of regulation for businesses and make dealings with government easier.

Among early projects identified as part of the agreement; the Tasmanian Government selected the nature-based tourism sector as an important area where early practical reforms could be implemented.

More information on the National Business Simplification Initiative is available at www.business.gov.au/news/ 

Media Contacts:
Mr Laundy’s office 02 6277 4345
Mr Ciobo’s office   02 6277 7420