Jul 18

Government cutting red tape

THE federal government is cutting red tape to make life easier, help small business and strengthen the economy, according to Durack MP Melissa Price.

“We have listened to the concerns in our community about the burden of red tape in Australia.

“Whether it is small business owners, local community groups or hard-working individuals, the message is the same – please make things simpler,” Ms Price said.

For the first time, the government is dedicating two days of Parliament each year to removing red tape and during the Spring Red Tape Repeal Day on October 29, nearly 1000 pieces of legislation and regulation were removed, she said.

Nearly half a million small businesses are now exempt from pay-as-you-go requirements and about1.4 million myTax users will be able to use quicker and simpler income tax returns.

Access to government services is now also simpler, with seven services, including Medicare and Centrelink, accessible through one myGov username and password.

“Many of the ideas to cut red tape came directly from members of the community, so please let me know if you are being weighed down by rules and regulations,” Ms Price said.

For summaries of new initiatives and to pass on suggestions visit cutting redtape.gov.au.