The Statutes Amendment and Repeal (Simplify) Bill 2016 contained amendments to 26 Acts, including to the Electronic Transactions Act 2000, the Motor Vehicles Act 1959, the Survey Act 1992, the Authorised Betting Operations Act 2000 and the Second-hand Vehicles Dealer Act 1995. The Bill was introduced into Parliament on 15 November 2016, and on the same day the Premier announced that Simplify Day would become an annual event. On the inaugural Simplify Day, the Governor made seven sets of Regulations on issues such as fisheries, motor vehicles and road traffic.
The Simplify Bill was passed by the South Australian Parliament on 2 March 2017 and was assented on 15 March 2017.
As of today, all the provisions contained in the inaugural Simplify Bill and Regulations have commenced, except those abolishing the need to have heavy vehicle registration label stickers, which will take effect on 1 November 2017.
We are now in the process of making of the relevant Regulations arising from the Simplify Bill.
The Statutes Amendment and Repeal (Simplify) Bill 2016 was introduced to Parliament on Simplify Day, 15th November 2016 and passed the House of Assembly on Thursday 1 December 2016.
The Bill has subsequently been introduced to the Legislative Council on 6 December 2016.
You can track the progress of the Bill here: http://www.parliament.sa.gov.au.
The South Australian Government’s inaugural Simplify Day was held on 15th November 2016. This day was set aside in Parliament to improve our regulatory environment to support business and industry and remove outdated and redundant legislation.
The Simplify Day Bill which was introduced into Parliament is the culmination of an intensive engagement strategy and the initial response to ideas from the community, business, industry and government.
It proposed the repeal of 11 obsolete Acts and amendments to 33 existing Acts and regulations.
An additional range of initiatives will be the subject of ongoing work and partnership between the community and Government, with some to be considered as part of Simplify Day 2017.
We understand that the best way to simplify regulation is by listening to the priorities of our business and industry partners, and the experiences of our citizens interacting with government. We will continue to explore and develop ideas you have already suggested to us to simplify laws and regulations, improve compliance and remove duplication.
You can read more about recent regulatory reforms, Simplify Day and future reforms in the Simplify Day Report (PDF 775KB).
The outcomes of this year’s Simplify Day initiative will be announced on Tuesday 15th November 2016. This follows the consultation period which concluded on the 13 August 2016 and resulted in a range of responses from industry, the community and public sector agencies. We thank everyone who made contributions during this process and advise that the outcomes of this process will be announced at next Tuesday’s Simplify Day and available on the Updates and Outcomes section of this site.
More than 60 suggestions to remove and amend out-dated laws, regulations and policies have been received from a public consultation process ahead of a Simplify Day in November to reduce red tape and regulatory burden in South Australia.
South Australian residents, businesses and peak industry bodies submitted a wide range of suggestions focused on removing duplication and streamlining government rules and processes. The Local Government Association have also embraced the opportunity to work collaboratively and have gathered many more suggestions.
The combined feedback spans a range of areas across Government, including transport, roads, business, law and order, environment, planning and licensing.
The public suggestions from industry, business and the community are being considered in conjunction with work undertaken within government departments. We are working through every suggestion and considering what changes can be made ahead of the first Simplify Day on 15 November 2016.
The Simpler Regulation Unit is keen to hear your views and continue to accept public submissions on red tape reduction reforms to consider in future, so I would encourage anyone with suggestions to contact the Unit via firstname.lastname@example.org with your ideas.