Plan to slash red tape begins with report on a plan

THE Queensland Government bid to cut red-tape across the state starts not with a giant pair of scissors but with a plan. Or more accurately, a report on a plan.

The Office of Best Practice Regulation has advised the government how it could potentially start slashing through piles of red tape.

Where the slicing will happen has not yet been decided although a decision is expected before Christmas.

Assistant Minister for Regulatory Reform Deb Frecklington said this early report was a first step.

"We set ourselves a target goal of 20% reduction on the burden of regulation," Ms Frecklington said.

Agriculture, mining, tourism and construction would all be put on the top of the Newman Government's wish list for regulation reform as these are the so-called "pillars of the Queensland economy".

According to the report, peak bodies for mining, farming and business - Queensland Resources Council, AgForce, and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland - all believed the OBPR needed workers with better training in handling regulation.

QRC and AgForce also complained their members were forced to ensure they abided by separate sets of laws that covered similar ground.

Those submissions are now being considered.

Although careful not to pre-empt government decisions, Ms Frecklington said the report recommended a review of red-tape covering vegetation management, land sales, development and tourism in national parks.

"There is a lot of red-tape restrictions that prevent tourism for those national parks."

Ms Frecklington said red-tape often built up with new legislation, as different laws overlapped the same areas.

That was when you had a small business being forced to fill out five forms that each covered the same thing.

"You have to be careful that you're getting rid of the right regulations but you have to make sure we are giving businesses and people a chance to free up their lives from onerous red tape."

Ms Frecklington was confident the government could deliver the 20% cut within this term.


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