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.
Red tape issues described by people and businesses
Swimming pool permits time limits (COMPLETED)
Building on battle-axe blocks (COMPLETED)
Access to public information
Liquor and gaming
Responsible Serving of Alcohol (RSA) register (COMPLETED)
Cheque limits (COMPLETED)
Green line plans (COMPLETED)
Hard meter reads (COMPLETED)
Butchers can sell beer and wine but not cider (COMPLETED)
Forms, paperwork and duplication
Recognition of modern technology
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