Deregulation Taskforce

In July 2019, the Prime Minister tasked the Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister and Cabinet, the Hon Ben Morton MP, with establishing the Deregulation Taskforce and invigorating the Government’s New Deregulation Agenda.

The Deregulation Taskforce’s focus is on ensuring that, where regulation is required, it is implemented with the lightest touch - that it is designed and applied in the most efficient and timely way, with least cost on businesses.

The Taskforce works across jurisdictions from the perspective of business to identify and remove unnecessary barriers to investment. Together with business and agencies, it will drive improvements to the design, administration and effectiveness of the stock of government regulation to ensure it is fit for purpose.

In 2020, the Deregulation Taskforce will continue its work to reduce red tape, make it easier for business to invest and create jobs, and assist COVID-19 economy recovery through its next priority areas:

  • modernising business communications to reduce costs incurred by businesses when legislation is not technology neutral, and to better reflect the way Australians want to engage and communicate
  • improving occupational mobility to make it easier for people in licensed occupations  to move where their skills are needed and enable businesses and consumers to access skilled workers more quickly.

This adds to the Taskforce’s initial work which focussed on,

  • reducing regulatory burden for food manufacturers with an initial focus on exporting.
  • making it easier for sole traders and micro businesses to become first time employers.
  • getting beneficial major  projects up and running sooner. 

Deregulation reforms targeting these areas were announced in the Mid-Year Fiscal Outlook 2019-2020, with the Taskforce maintaining support with relevant agencies through the implementation of these measures.

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