CCIQ delighted red tape survey gets Qld Government backing

Monday 29 August, 2016

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ) says red tape is a major constraint on business and is reducing Queensland’s competitiveness at a time when our economy is combating many challenges.

CCIQ Director of Advocacy Nick Behrens said governments must improve the efficiency of regulation, both by removing unnecessary and duplicative areas of compliance and make it easier for business to comply.

“CCIQ is delighted the State Government, in its media release issued Friday 26 August 2016, has recognised the authoritative measure of red tape burden that the CCIQ Red Tape Survey provides,” he said.

Since 2009, CCIQ has conducted a biannual red tape baseline survey to understand the impact of red tape on Queensland businesses and track changes to the burden of regulatory compliance.

“This bi-annual survey represents feedback from businesses across the whole of Queensland on their experience with red tape,” Mr Behrens said.

“The survey demonstrates red tape has accrued across all tiers of government and under many governments and business expectation is that a solution for it squarely rests with the government of the day.

“On this basis, we are looking forward to working with the Palaszczuk Government to utilise our survey as a metric of transparency and accountability on the issue of red tape and benchmarking progress by government for a fix.”

Mr Behrens said CCIQ was committed to addressing the significant regulatory burden facing Queensland small businesses which stifled their capacity to grow and employ.

“There are a number of essential elements to any regulatory reform agenda,” he said. 

“Our experience with any successful approach to addressing regulatory burden on small business is based on an underpinning process within government to drive a change in regulator behaviour. 

“Success hinges on the implementation of a baseline measure (KPI), setting of binding targets and benchmarking progress to establish transparency and accountability within government departments.

“CCIQ wants to see a plan from the government and departments underpinned by a tangible process.

“It will be process; timely examples of deregulation; immediate discipline with RIS’s to stem the flow of new regulation; and the streamlining of compliance that CCIQ and Queensland small businesses will ultimately judge the State Government.”

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