Red tape still a challenge for Queensland small business

Monday 14 August, 2017

A survey conducted by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ) has found that 1 out of 3 Queensland businesses spend more than 6 hours a week on red tape.

The Red Tape Survey 2017, which was conducted as part of CCIQ’s March Quarter Pulse Survey, noted that complying with regulatory requirements prevented 48 per cent of respondents from making changes to grow their business in Queensland.
CCIQ General Manager Advocacy Kate Whittle said the results were a timely reminder of the need for all levels of Government to address excess regulation and let business get on with the job.

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“Comparatively, Queensland is one of Australia’s most regulated states, and our results demonstrate that there is still a long way to go to ensure red tape no longer constrains or restricts small business growth in Queensland.
“The report noted that overall seven out of ten businesses experienced a moderate to major impact from complying with government regulation.
“CCIQ has committed to work with the Government on behalf of its members to identify instances of duplicated regulation and bring the level of regulation back to a more sustainable level.”
Ms Whittle said red tape was a necessary part of business (particularly with respect to ensuring the safety of employers and employees), but duplicated red tape was burdensome and unnecessary.
“Survey respondents indicated the Australian Taxation Office currently had the biggest impact on their compliance activities, followed by Workplace Health & Safety, the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission, Local Government Authorities, and Fair Work Australia/Fair Work Ombudsman,” she said.
“It is critical Government departments continue to find ways to remove unnecessary regulation however in order to do this, government needs to be made aware of the incidents of over over-regulation by businesses themselves.
“CCIQ conducts a biannual Red Tape Survey to understand the impact of red tape on Queensland businesses and track changes to the burden of regulatory compliance.”

  • 7 in 10 businesses believe there to be a moderate – major impact on their business in needing to comply with government regulatory requirements.
  • More than half of businesses saw an increase in the overall cost of complying with government regulations in the past two years.
  • Only 1.9% of businesses believed the time they take on managing compliance has decreased over the past two years.
  • Nearly half of all businesses rate the Queensland Government on its consultation and engagement with businesses prior to the introduction of new regulation and legislation as poor or very poor.
  • Dealings with the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission are now ranked third highest overall in red tape burden, up from sixth position in 2015.

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