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    Finance and Arts
    The Honourable Rachel Nolan

    Business Commissioner to cut red tape

    Finance and Arts
    The Honourable Rachel Nolan

    Wednesday, June 15, 2011

    Business Commissioner to cut red tape

    The Bligh Government will appoint a Business Commissioner to cut red tape and drive reform that will help Queensland’s business community make the most of the state’s next wave of prosperity.

    Finance Minister Rachel Nolan said Queensland’s economic prospects were bright, and positioning business to drive prosperity would mean more jobs for Queenslanders.

    “As Queensland climbs off the canvas following the GFC and the natural disasters, we need the business sector to drive growth across the state,” Ms Nolan said.

    “We know there’s a big wave of investment coming to Queensland, and we want local businesses to make the most of it.

    “Freeing them up of unnecessary red tape will allow them ride the wave of investment that is washing through the economy.

    “The new Business Commissioner will give the business sector a direct voice within government and identify areas of reform that will benefit business and the state economy as a whole.”

    The Business Commissioner will work with the Queensland Small Business Advisory Council and report to the Minister for Finance and the Minister for Manufacturing and Small Business.

    The Commissioner will be backed by specialist staff and will:

    ·Lead the program to cut red tape across government

    ·Work with business through peak groups like the Australian Industry Group, Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland , the Queensland Tourism Industry Council and the Queensland Government Small Business Advisory Council

    ·Advise government agencies on best practice in regulation and recommend timelines for government’s decision making processes; and

    It will remain the case that before new laws are introduced, government departments will require a Regulatory Assessment Statement – meaning they have to prove publicly that the point of regulation outweighs the imposition of doing it.

    Minister for Tourism, Manufacturing and Small Business Jan Jarratt said the new Commissioner was being deliberately established with a strategic focus and a strong commitment to liaise closely with peak industry business bodies and would commence in September.

    “It’s easy to say government red tape is bad for business but a lot of it – like workplace health and safety, environmental protections, food safety standards and child protection laws - are established for very good reasons,” Ms Nolan said.

    “By keeping the focus strategic and giving business groups a direct input into the work program, we can improve the ability for government and business’ to work together,” she said.

    “The establishment of the Queensland Business Commissioner follows advocacy over red tape from both the Australian Industry Group (AiGroup) and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ),” Ms Jarratt said.

    “This announcement comes in addition to significant work already undertaken by the Bligh Government to reduce ‘green tape’ in Queensland, to simplify and fast track environmental approvals for hundreds of businesses starting up operations in Queensland without compromising on environmental protection.

    “This is an important new initiative and it will build business confidence in tomorrow’s Queensland today.”

    Funding will be provided through the Department of Employment, Economic Development and Industry and Queensland Treasury, with $1m allocated to give the new Commissioner the resources and the grunt to work with businesses to increase efficiency in the economy.

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