Better Regulation Taskforce

The Queensland Government recognises the importance of streamlining regulation to make it easier to do business. To do this, the Queensland Small Business Advisory Council has established the Better Regulation Taskforce as a sub-committee to provide advice to government on red, green and blue tape areas of most concern to small business, to create a strong, profitable and globally competitive business environment. The Taskforce assumes the work of the former Red Tape Reduction Advisory Council.

The Taskforce has the responsibility for:

  • analysing regulatory issues which inhibit small business growth, impose a significant regulatory burden on small business, or create barriers to business entry in Queensland, with regard to all industry sectors and in comparison with other Australian jurisdictions
  • providing advice and recommendations to address unnecessary regulation and red tape impacting on small business
  • identifying new initiatives, reform projects or activities which could assist in streamlining government processes impacting on small business growth
  • reporting to the Queensland Small Business Advisory Council and the Queensland Government with recommendations on red, green and blue tape areas across at least three industry sectors each year.

The taskforce has identified eco-tourism, live music entertainment and start ups as the three priority industry sectors that it will review in 2017. Once reviewed, the Taskforce will provide a report with recommendations to the Queensland Small Business Advisory Council that will ultimately be presented to the Queensland Government for consideration and response.


The members of the Better Regulation Taskforce are:

  • Ms Maree Adshead, Queensland Small Business Champion (insert link to QSBC page) (Chair)
  • Mr Craig Fenton, PriceWaterhouseCoopers
  • Ms Kate Whittle, Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland
  • Mr Grant Field, MGI South Queensland
  • Ms Christine Smyth, Robbins Watson Solicitors.

Red Tape Reduction Advisory Council Report 2016

On 2 November 2016, the Honourable Leanne Enoch MP, Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy and Minister for Small Business tabled the Red Tape Reduction Advisory Council Report 2016 in Parliament. The Report outlined the findings and recommendations of a review undertaken by the former Red Tape Advisory Council to identify government compliance issues impacting on small businesses in the agriculture (fruit growing), manufacturing (light metals) and hospitality (cafes and restaurants) industries.

The Queensland Government’s response to the report including a whole-of-government action plan for how the response will be delivered, has also been released and is currently being implemented.

Streamlining Compliance through Smart Forms

The Queensland Government is enabling the use of SmartForms by state and local government agencies and statutory authorities, making it easier and faster for businesses to comply with government regulations and requirements. SmartForms save business customers' time and effort through pre-fill from an ABN and other data sources, automatic validation of entered data, presentation of fields that are only relevant to the current application, and online secure payment.

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Last updated 2017-03-31

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