The State Government has called on West Australians, from community members to small business owners, to use its new online access to get involved with constructive ideas about busting red tape.

Finance Minister Bill Marmion said WA’s biggest red tape reform program was under way, promising to save people and businesses time and money across the State.

“This is about busting unnecessary bureaucracy by red-flagging red tape across government,” Mr Marmion said.

“Our recent red tape reforms are already on track to save West Australians tens of millions of dollars, but it’s time to further reduce barriers to business development, employment and investment.”

The Reinvigorating Regulatory Reform program will introduce key performance indicators for department director-generals and annual red tape reduction report cards for Ministers.

Priority areas include commerce, small business, tourism, transport, planning and mining, with emphasis on supporting new economic opportunities for Western Australian enterprise.

“To improve Government efficiency and service delivery, it’s vital we have as much public feedback as possible,” Mr Marmion said.

“That’s why I’m also calling on people to use our new online access to get involved.  Whether you’ve had a good or bad regulatory or approvals experience, I want to hear from you.”

The Minister launched the red tape reduction plan at a Seville Grove home, where the purchaser took advantage of the Office of State Revenue’s streamlined Revenue Online valuation processing system.

“This is red tape reform at work,” he said.

“More than 1,000 homebuyers have benefited since its introduction last July, simplifying and cutting 10 days off many property transfers. That’s a saving of more than 10,000 business days so far.

“The Australian Institute of Conveyancers tells me it has revolutionised this part of the property industry.”

The Department of Finance’s Economic Reform unit will drive the new reform plan, with the Minister for Finance providing six-monthly progress reports to the State Government.


       Fact File

  • 96 of the 107 reforms recommended in the Government’s 2009 Reducing the Burden report have been actioned or completed
  • Recent red tape reduction in the Department of Mines and Petroleum is forecast to save industry more than $30 million a year in processing costs
  • Deloitte Access Economics puts the national cost of government red tape at $94 billion per year
  • The Revenue Online enhancements can be viewed here
  • Submit your red tape reduction ideas here

Minister’s office – 6552 6800