The Palaszczuk Government is reducing red tape and costs to make it easier for Queensland’s small businesses to do business.
Minister for Employment and Small Business, Shannon Fentiman said the 2018 Better Regulation Taskforce (BRT) Report, Queensland Government Response and Action Plan tabled today, outlined a series of measures to make it easier for small businesses to grow in Queensland.
“We are home to a growing number of businesses and we want to support our 438,000 small businesses to continue to thrive,” Ms Fentiman said.
“With technology rapidly changing, a key focus of this report is to assist businesses in a digitally disrupted economy.
“The Response and Action Plan provides increased support and initiatives to make it faster, easier and more efficient to access information and services.”
“This includes securing over $60 million in funding for seven projects, which will reduce the administration burden on businesses and deliver massive time savings.
“We are projecting that combined, these projects will deliver more than $900 million over 10 years in benefits to business.”
Based off recommendations from the report we will create a freelancing section on the Business Queensland website, mount a public education campaign for small business drone users, and develop a Queensland Business Launch Pad to reduce the time business owners spend searching for information and filling in forms.
“The launch pad will simplify licensing application processes and will be a one stop shop for the food and beverage industry and the residential construction industry,” Ms Fentiman said.
“This report is all about making it easier for Queensland businesses to succeed and grow.”
“This plan is in addition to our $885 million payroll tax package delivered under this year’s State Budget which will benefit around 13,200 Queensland businesses.”
Key government regulatory agencies will publicly report annually on their performance, with the first reports due by December 2019.
Queensland’s 438,000 small businesses comprise more than 97 per cent of all businesses across the State and they play an integral role in driving economic and employment growth.
They contribute around $119 billion to our economy and employ around 45 per cent of the private sector workforce.
The 2018 Better Regulation Taskforce (BRT) Report, Queensland Government Response and Action Plan can be found at:https://desbt.qld.gov.au/small-business/advisory-groups/taskforce
Minister for Employment and Small Business and Minister for Training and Skills Development
The Honourable Shannon Fentiman