This page assists external stakeholders – businesses and not-for-profit organisations – to track the progress on red tape issues the Red Tape Commissioner has raised on their behalf.
To date the red tape issues raised by businesses, organisations and individuals have been many and varied. They range from restrictions on small businesses to broad opportunities to cut costs to business and improve services to Victorians without compromising the public interest. While some of the red tape issues fall outside the Commissioner’s jurisdiction – they may be matters for the Commonwealth Government, for example – most relate to Victorian regulations, statutes and regulator practice. In a number of those cases there are already significant reform processes happening.
The issues taken up by the Commissioner tend to be ones that are not covered by current reform initiatives and where there is a reasonable prospect of cutting red tape sooner rather than later. Issues are being worked through with agencies and regulators that are responsible for the regulations. An aim is to find practical solutions that cut out unnecessary costs on businesses, organisations and individuals, without compromising the public interest.
Below is a summary of some of the issues experienced by stakeholders and taken up by the Commissioner. Relevant Victorian agencies and regulators have provided in case a brief statement of the current status of work that responds to the issues. The Commissioner will follow up and update progress. More issues are under consideration.
Issues raised will be published as they are considered by the Commissioner and agencies. Please get in touch if you would like to raise an issue via the Tell us your issue page.
Low powered kayaks and canoes
Transferring bus plates
Bus driver accreditation
Medical assessments – commercial bus drivers
Bus driver accreditation – automatic mutual recognition with NSW
Over Size Over Mass (OSOM) haulage permits
Removal of mandatory defects insurance for non-domestic plumbing as a condition of registration
Swimming pool permits time limits (COMPLETED)
Caravan parks – Renewal of registration
Building permit signing – reducing paper-based delays
Building on battle-axe blocks (COMPLETED)
Building permit signing – delegated signing
Accessing flood information required for a building permit
Land Victoria – accessing valuation information
Feedback from businesses on liquor regulation and the submission to the review of the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998
Responsible Serving of Alcohol (RSA) training online
Responsible Serving of Alcohol (RSA) register
Green line plans
Hard meter reads
Butchers can sell beer and wine but not cider
No cellar door sales licence for Victorian spirit producers
Commercial fishing paperwork and recording – technology improvements
Multiple forms for a property transaction
Transition to risk-based work plans for quarries
Police check and Working With Children Check – bus company employees
Mobile cranes – council approval for use of council roads
Mobile cranes – braking systems
Rework, unnecessary costs and delays within the Planning Scheme Amendment process
Remove the need to refer sub divisions that create a road to the CFA for assessment and certification – road access and fire hydrants
Bushfire Management Overlay Reform: removing the need for referral requirements in areas of lower bushfire risk where an accredited bushfire practitioner has prepared relevant planning permit application documentation
Bushfire Management Overlay Reform: reviewing planning permit and referral triggers for simple applications
Bushfire Management Overlay Reform: Minor changes to the current bushfire planning provisions
Statutory Endorsement of Earth Resources Work Plan (Quarries)