The Red Tape Commissioner

Red Tape Commissioner

The Red Tape Commissioner works with Victoria's business community and Government to help cut red tape and improve regulation.

The Red Tape Commissioner works with Victoria’s business community and the Government to help cut red tape and improve regulation.

In doing this work, the Commissioner is focused on opportunities to:

  • cut red tape that will contribute to the Government’s 25 per cent red tape reduction target; 
  • improve regulators’ dealings with business, including compliance and enforcement;
  • cut regulatory overlap and duplicated reporting requirements; 
  • identify ‘hotspots’ where regulatory reform efforts can be focused and help unlock economic activity; and 
  • improve how regulators administer the regulations for which they are responsible. 

The Red Tape Commissioner is required to report to the Treasurer on specific regulatory problems and recommendations for practical solutions. 

Dr Matthew Butlin is the current Red Tape Commissioner and was appointed on 22 September 2015. Matthew has extensive experience as a senior executive in both the public and private sectors, including in mining and management consulting businesses. Immediately prior to being appointed Red Tape Commissioner, he was the Chair of the Victorian Competition and Efficiency Commission (VCEC). As Chair he was responsible for making many recommendations for better regulation and reducing red tape burdens including environmental and local government regulations. 

Matthew believes the best way to understand the impact of red tape is to hear the first hand experience of the people and businesses affected by it. The Commissioner can be contacted on and issues can be recorded through the Red Tape Rubbish Bin website. 

The Red Tape Commissioner is supported by the Department of Treasury and Finance and other agencies.

Reviewed 16/05/2018
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