ACCI Director joins Deregulation Taskforce

13 Sep 2019 |

The Australian Chamber is delighted to announce Bryan Clark, Director of ACCI Trade & International Affairs, has been appointed to the Government’s Deregulation Taskforce, announced today.

As ACCI’s specialist in Trade, Mr Clark has been seconded to advise the Morrison Government on operational opportunities to slash red tape, specifically for Australian food exporters.

“I am very excited to be commencing work with the Deregulation Taskforce to assist the Government to consider ways to reduce the regulatory burden on business,” Mr Clark said.

“We will be finding ways to remove barriers to increase Australian manufactured food exports.  I am confident that the experience of the members of the Australian Chambers of Commerce and Industry will be insightful to the Taskforce and assist to identify the best ways to drive increased competitiveness of Australian business in global markets.”

ACCI CEO James Pearson said the appointment was an endorsement of the nation’s network of chambers of commerce and industry associations.

“As representatives of hundreds of thousands of small and medium businesses across Australia, our members are well placed to assist the Government in providing real solutions for red tape reduction.”

“Bryan has a wealth of experience in the policies and practicalities of importing and exporting. With the strong support of our member network in every state and territory and across the economy, he will be able to provide cogent, informed advice on how to reduce the enormous regulation hurdles Australian exporters have to go through. “

“ACCI welcomes the Government’s initiative and we hope to make a strong contribution to all three of the “deep dives” into regulatory reform announced today.  Removing redundant red tape and empowering businesses to invest, to grow and create jobs is one of the best recipes we know to deliver benefits to all Australians.”

The Assistant Minister responsible for Deregulation, Ben Morton, announced his priorities for the Deregulation Taskforce at ACCI’s Business Leaders’ Summit today.

“The Taskforce’s work will continue on a rolling basis – driving improvements to the design, administration and efficiency of existing regulation – reducing barriers to investment and boosting economic and jobs growth,” Assistant Minister Morton said.

The Taskforce will focus on reducing the regulatory burden for food manufacturers with an initial focus on exporting; making it easier for sole traders and micro businesses to employ their first person; and getting major infrastructure projects up and running sooner.

The Government announced that the Taskforce would pay particular attention to the degree of regulatory complexity, the length of time for approvals and duplication across levels of government.

The Taskforce is also expected to investigate opportunities to adopt technological or ‘regtech’ solutions for business to cost-effectively navigate and comply with regulatory requirements.

Further detail, including the Taskforce’s terms of reference, is available on the Deregulation Taskforce website: www.treasury.gov.au/review/deregulation-taskforce.

Marie Hogg

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