Simplify Day 2017 – Red Tape Reduction and Regulatory Reform

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What you said
Simplify Day 2016

The State Government will hold its annual red tape repeal day in 2017 focused on cutting unnecessary red tape and removing outdated and redundant legislation.

The first Simplify Day was held last year with the Premier leading work that successfully identified a broad range of reforms across our economy. This included reforms to fees, licences, permit, notification requirements and compliance that will make a real and lasting difference to the people and businesses affected.

The second ‘Simplify Day’ will be held in August 2017, with

About

This engagement has now concluded.

Updates and
outcomes
What you said
Simplify Day 2016

The State Government will hold its annual red tape repeal day in 2017 focused on cutting unnecessary red tape and removing outdated and redundant legislation.

The first Simplify Day was held last year with the Premier leading work that successfully identified a broad range of reforms across our economy. This included reforms to fees, licences, permit, notification requirements and compliance that will make a real and lasting difference to the people and businesses affected.

The second ‘Simplify Day’ will be held in August 2017, with ideas for change being put forward by business and the community.

Tell us about specific rules and processes that are outdated, don't add value and make it more difficult to simply get on and grow the economy and create jobs.

What is being decided?

Over the next 30 days you have the opportunity to think about, talk over with family and friends and tell us the things that make it difficult to do business in South Australia.

Simplify Day is part of the government’s efforts to identify ways in which current legislative and regulatory requirements can be improved to create a more productive and efficient economy and society in South Australia. Importantly, these reforms will not diminish laws that protect the community, the environment, consumers and uphold the integrity of commerce.

You can have your say by commenting in the following online discussions:

  • Duplication
    Tell us about processes or regulatory requirements that are duplicated or overlap. Are you getting frustrated dealing with more than one government agency on the same issue? Do you need approval for a project from more than one government agency?
  • Compliance
    Let us know what Government requirements are overly complex, onerous or time-consuming. What obligations to government do you feel can be improved for your business?
  • Competitiveness
    Are there red tape issues facing your business that you have encountered in South Australia that do not exist in other States and Territories? Are there changes that can be made which would attract national businesses to come to South Australia?
  • Streamlining regulation
    Tell us about Government rules and practices that are outdated and/or unnecessary, do not add any value or adversely affect your business and its productivity.

How can your input influence the decision?

The Government’s Economic Priority 7: South Australia – the best place to do business is all about improving the business environment in South Australia. In simple terms, outdated and unnecessary Government rules cost time and money, add little value and can be very frustrating.

The State Government has listened and understands that business and community members want to change our business rules for the better. To address this, we are getting rid of, in partnership with South Australians, obsolete, cumbersome and counterproductive rules and administrative procedures that hinder growth, investment and innovation in the South Australian economy. This is known as Simplify Day.

Simplify Day 2016 delivered reforms such as removing labels for heavy vehicles, enabling electronic licensing and exempting non-active business partners from needing building licenses. We also committed to a range of future considerations for the 2017 Simplify Day process. You can read about Simplify Day 2016, recent regulatory reforms and future reforms in the Simplify Day Report.

Simplify Day 2017 will build on the momentum from last year and add to these reforms. We want your views on business rules from things that make it hard to business in South Australia, ways of simplifying your obligations or ideas for streamlining government services.

How will your input be used?

We will take your comments and discuss them with industry and other interested groups to work out the best way forward. Ultimately Cabinet approval will be sought to amend or abolish laws which are counterproductive to business or redundant. The aim is to introduce legislation that cuts red tape in Parliament during August 2017.

We will let you know what has happened as a result of this initiative through a report published on the YourSAy website at the end of the process. This will indicate what was heard and what we plan to change as a result.

This process will also occur in combination with feedback we receive through YourSAy and consultation with industry sectors, Government agencies and relevant stakeholders.

Want to know more?

Send your suggestions via simplifyday@sa.gov.au.

For more information you can visit the Simpler Regulation Unit on the Department of Treasury and Finance website: http://www.treasury.sa.gov.au/public-sector-operations/simpler-regulation-unit.

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  • What you said

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    This YourSAy consultation process which has now closed, provided the opportunity to express your views and tell us about the things that make it difficult to do business in South Australia, for contributions to Simplify Day 2017.

    Simplify Day is part of the government’s efforts to identify ways in which current legislative and regulatory requirements can be improved to create a more productive and efficient economy and society in South Australia. Importantly, these reforms will not diminish laws that protect the community, the environment, consumers and uphold the integrity of commerce.

    You can view the comments made during these online discussions below. Although the YourSAy consultation process for Simplify Day 2017 has concluded, you can continue to provide us with your suggestions via simplerreg@sa.gov.au.

  • Simplify Day 2016

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    In 2016, the State Government is asked you to think hard, talk to your family, friends and community and tell us what made it difficult for you to do business in South Australia.

    We wanted to know about specific rules and processes that were outdated or unnecessary – things that did not add value, made interacting with government time consuming and generally made it more difficult to simply get on and grow the economy, business and create jobs.

    View the Simplify Day 2016 engagement here.

    View the Simplify Day 2016 Report here.

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    Update on the Statutes Amendment and Repeal (Simplify No 2) Bill 2017

    The Statutes Amendment and Repeal (Simplify No 2) Bill 2017 was introduced to Parliament on Simplify Day, 10 August 2017 and passed the House of Assembly on Wednesday, 18 October 2017.

    You can track the progress of the Bill here: http://www.parliament.sa.gov.au.

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    Simplify Day 2017: Industry submissions and stakeholder engagement

    We would like to acknowledge the significant participation of our industry and business partners, and the valued contributions from individual members of the community as part of Simplify Day 2017.

    The Simpler Regulation Unit received written submissions for Simplify Day 2017 from the following Industry and Professional Associations:

    - Apple & Pear Growers Association of South Australia

    - Business SA

    - Consult Australia

    - Grain Producers SA

    - Hair & Beauty SA

    - Horse SA

    - Housing Industry Association

    - Local Government Association

    - Master Builders Association of South Australia

    - Primary Producers SA

    - Property Council of Australia (SA Division)

    - Royal Automobile Association

    - SA Freight Council

    - South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy

    - South Australian Public Transit Association

    If you would like more detail about these submissions please contact the Simpler Regulation Unit at simplifyday@sa.gov.au.

    Of the over 200 contributions received for Simplify Day 2017, we received 9 YourSAy comments, 96 emails, 95 responses to our Making it Easier to do Business survey, and a raft of suggestions from government agencies.

    In addition, we met with over 40 industry associations and attended three business roundtable meetings facilitated by Members of Parliament.

    From this diverse network of contributors over 100 ideas were gathered and provided to public sector agencies for evaluation; culminating in the legislation, regulations, and announcement of commitments to future reform on Simplify Day 2017.

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    Simplify Day 2017 Update

    The South Australian Government’s second Simplify Day was held on 10th August 2017. Simplify Day is the annual day for cutting red tape and regulatory burden for SA businesses and individuals – making sure our State is an attractive place to run a business, to work and to live.

    This year 41 Acts and 27 regulations will be amended in areas such as transport licensing and registration, fisheries and agriculture, second hand vehicle dealers and commercial property management. In addition, 11 Acts of Parliament will be repealed bringing the total number of laws to be eliminated by Simplify Day to 22

    Reforms in 2017 include expanding the options available for direct debiting vehicle registration, red tape reduction in the second-hand vehicle dealer industry, six monthly registration for caravans and light trailers, streamlining the application process for new lease areas for tuna farmers (saving applicants 2-3 months each year off the process) and adding online publishing flexibility for public notifications supporting our Digital by Default Declaration to name just a few.

    Commitment to future reforms include cutting red tape through a targeted approach to industry reform starting with a focus on reducing regulatory burden for small scale premium and artisan food and beverage producers, a joint State and Local Government Red Tape Taskforce to support small business, and a number of other specific reforms in the areas of planning, real estate and tourism.

    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 to simplify laws and regulations, improve compliance and remove duplication. Please send your ideas to us at simplifyday@sa.gov.au.

    You can read more about our red tape reduction efforts and regulatory reform achievements in the Simplify Day Report (PDF 3.8 MB).

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    Simplify Day 2017 Update

    The Simpler Regulation Unit has received over 200 responses that have been assessed and, where supported, amendments to legislation are being prepared for inclusion in this year’s Simplify Day bill. Ideas are also being considered and prioritised for potential changes to regulations, inform changes to policy or business practices, or as commitments to future reform. A process is also being undertaken to identify obsolete and unnecessary Acts. A number of pieces of legislation have been identified for repeal this year.

    Representatives from the Simpler Regulation Unit, in collaboration with the Department of State Development, have been meeting with industry and professional associations and small business groups as part of our ongoing engagement strategy to hear how Government can simplify regulatory burden in South Australia. This has coincided with the Department of State Development’s work in developing the Small Business Statement and industry action plans. “Keeping business costs competitive and reducing red tape” is a key action in the Government's objective to “make South Australia the best place to do business”.

    In addition to meeting with industry and business, constructive business roundtable forums have been held in Gawler, Salisbury and Plympton Park involving local Members of Parliament and over 35 small and medium businesses. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the range of industry and business representatives that have shared their time and contributed their ideas during these discussions.

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    Assessment of the public consultation

    Currently, the Simpler Regulation Unit in collaboration with State Government agencies, is progressing the assessment of the public consultation derived from the YourSAy online discussions and feedback received via email. This engagement will contribute to the identification of those initiatives that will be incorporated into Simplify Day 2017.

    In addition, consultation is continuing with Industry Associations to identify opportunities to enhance the regulatory business environment in South Australia. This complements our recent Business Survey, the responses to which are currently being reviewed and will be considered as part of the Simplify Day package of reforms.

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    Simplify Day 2017 Update

    Thank you for your contributions during our YourSAy consultation period for Simplify Day 2017. In addition to the online discussion, we also received a significant range of responses via our email option during our consultation process this year.

    We will now review all responses received during the YourSAy consultation period and evaluate them. This process, in collaboration with relevant State Government agencies, will enable us to determine the opportunities available to address the issues you have raised and explore the potential to implement the initiatives you have identified.

    You can keep updated on progress for this year’s Simplify Day here. You can also continue to monitor developments in relation to the implementation of outcomes from the 2016 Simplify Day.

    Although this year’s YourSAy discussion period has closed, you can continue to provide your ideas, suggestion and feedback for red tape reduction in SA, throughout the year at simplifyday@sa.gov.au.