Business owners - compliance and obligations

If you are a business owner:

  • What compliance or obligations do you find unnecessary?
  • Are there compliance activities that you think are important but are overly complex and stop your business from growing?

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Government Agency

Simpler Regulation Unit

12 Aug 2016

Thanks for your input. You have put forward a number of good points. Your contributions will be considered as part of Simplify Day. Thanks for raising these issues.

Rebekah Watkins

11 Aug 2016

Also to keep our WHS training and to do keep up to date with training within our field (telecommunications) we have to pay full price at the training institutions alongside unemployed people who only pay a pittance e.g. we are paying $1350 each to keep skills uptodate alongside unemployed who pay $80 each for the same course, yet we have to also pay our employees their wages to attend these courses on top of these fees and it is all done online at TAFE anyway (at first they were going to charge us $3,000 each but we've used our prior experience and the fact that we know how to do it all anyway but we need the piece of paper to show Government Agencies). Feeling frustrated with the whole system.

Rebekah Watkins

11 Aug 2016

Being a small business owner Tradespeople we have found over the last 5 years an increase in WHS regulations to the point where it is all taken up with paperwork and increases our times on worksites and in the office at the end of the day by 1 hour each time having to fill out JSAs and SWMS and only the Government Agencies require them and yet we have never seen anyone regulate them. We pay thousands of dollars each year for all our staff to undertake WHS training just to keep compliant yet we have no financial assistance from the Government towards it and there is no governing body who make sure everyone is doing the right thing across the board. It is all only red tape and paperwork. Fair enough we should all do it once but to have them expire and have to do the training again at our expense just for a piece of paper is driving us nuts. Also the Return to Work paperwork is a joke, just another way Government gets their hands in our pockets, especially when we have never lodged a claim in 20 years yet paying out hundreds per employee every year just to have employees. We seriously don't like employing people because we have to pay RTWA fees and superannuation on top of their wages out of our own pockets, also sick pay and holiday pay so we still have to pay our staff when they don't work!! Instead we have to pay double wages because we still have to keep running and put someone else in their shoes to keep our workload up. GST seems unfair to clients and for employers to pay especially when we are already paying 30% of our income to Income Tax already.

Government Agency

Simpler Regulation Unit > Rebekah Watkins

12 Aug 2016

Hi Rebekah. SafeWork SA is committed to safe workplaces for all South Australians. SafeWorkSA has an advisory service that can visit your workplace to help you understand your work health and safety responsibilities as well as provide practical support. Advisors have no inspector powers at all so you can be comfortable inviting us in to help you without fear of being prosecuted. Please visit http://www.safework.sa.gov.au/show_page.jsp?id=114343#.V61zbmbr2Um or call 1300 365 255 to take advantage of this service.

Craig Wickham

10 Aug 2016

I run a tour business and the Passenger Transport compliance treats the entire industry as if we are metropolitan taxi drivers. There are several elements which are un-necessary, irrelevant and illogical and the problem they are attempting to manage is unclear.

Example 1
I purchase a brand new tour vehicle straight out of the Dealer's shop and then have to take it to get "inspected". Does it or does in not meet the Australian Design Rules?
However I cannot get it inspected until I get it registered. I cannot get it registered until I get it inspected - Catch 22
Apparently it is a reasonable process to get the vehicle registered as a standard vehicle, regular plates issued, then inspected, then take the inspection certificate to get the plates changed to get NEW plates (blue chauffeur plates), throw the other plates away, get a refund on the previous registration and upgrade the registration and insurance.
I also have to complete a "plan of operation" even if the vehicle is simply replacing an existing vehicle being retired from my fleet. The "plan of operation" has to be completed from scratch - no pre-populated form can be accessed to which I simply say I have added one vehicle and subtracted one vehicle - for which by the way there is another form and another fee for. Total compliance costs added over 5% to the purchase costs of my last vehicles - not taking into consideration the time and opportunity costs to undertake the compliance.

Example 2
Trying to employ a new driver/guide - they have to do a city-based course or online course at a cost of several hundred dollars plus travel and accommodation if you go the "in person" rather than online route - and the content is completely irrelevant to our operation. What are "dangerous times to be driving"? The answers are not "harvest time when there are massive machines on the road" nor "dawn and dusk when the kangaroos are active" but "midnight when the drunks roll out of the pub" or similar. City-centric and not related to the safety of my guests in any way at all.

Government Agency

Simpler Regulation Unit > Craig Wickham

11 Aug 2016

Thank you Craig for raising these issues. Your comments have been referred to the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure for consideration.

Noel Wauchope

07 Aug 2016

I guess that there a lot of overseas nuclear companies looking hopefully at this day - is it coincidental that tyhe South Australian government is pretty desperate to remove the Nuclear Waste Storage Facility (Prohibition). Act 2000 South Australia. Nice little backdoor way of softening up the public for repealing this one?

Government Agency

Simpler Regulation Unit > Noel Wauchope

24 Aug 2016

Thanks for your feedback and the time taken to provide your views. Your comments have been forwarded to the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission Consultation and Response Agency. As you are aware there is an extensive consultation process underway, with a second Citizens’ Jury meeting in October and November. The Government will consider the Royal Commission’s recommendations and the community’s views in deciding the next steps.

Government Agency

Simpler Regulation Unit

20 Jul 2016

These issues have been raised with Return to Work SA and SafeWork SA. Thanks for being part of the discussion.

Sharon Somerville

18 Jul 2016

WHS requirements within Local Government are a compliance nightmare. It shifts the focus from keeping staff safe to managing spreadsheets and compliance evidence. The legislation requirements of Return to Work SA which are assigned to the Local Government Workers Compensation Scheme are then assigned to each Council which is both a resource and paperwork nightmare.

Rebekah Watkins > Sharon Somerville

11 Aug 2016

We are doing this as a small business too and don't have the extra staff to cope so we have to update our forms and spreadsheets in the evenings which is now becoming equivalent to a full time position but we cannot afford to pay another staff member because of the fees and taxes involved on top of their wages.

Sharon Somerville

18 Jul 2016

From a Local Government perspective, the SA Municipal Salaried Officers Award and Local Government Employees Award are both outdated in terms of current legislation and other content (classification criteria). This makes the Enterprise Agreement process and content more cumbersome than it should be.

Jan Antonides

16 Jul 2016

I have recently been confronted with allegations made by a disgruntled employee after he didn't get the pay rise he expected. He lodged complaints through Duncan Basheer Hannon to Safework SA and Return to Work SA who keep harassing me now for 6 months. We have gone through mediation, counselling, interrogations of other staff members and management, for complete untrue allegations because all SA Govt staff needs to go by the book. These kinds of allocations should be assessed first and the person lodging claims should get their background / history checked first before the employer is confronted with endless procedures to go through. It causes unnessesary unrest and emotional damage to all involved