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Powell Media Release – Newman Government slashes green tape (1 March 2013)

The Newman Government has announced its plans to reduce green tape and put money back into the pockets of thousands of Queensland small businesses.

 Member for Glass House, Andrew Powell MP said the government would delete 20 environmentally relevant activity (ERA) thresholds, as part of its drive to reduce regulation and green tape by 20 per cent.

 “From 31 March, more than 9,400 small business operators will no longer need to apply for a licence or pay an application fee, and no longer need to submit an annual return.” 

 “These changes will save small businesses more than $6 million in annual fees, and will let them get on with what they do best—contribute to a thriving economy and generating jobs.

 “Regulations were deleted for activities that do not pose a high environmental risk, such as motor vehicle workshops, printing and abrasive blasting.

 “These changes represent the most significant reform to licensing processes in more than a decade and bring Queensland in line with other states.”

 “Currently in Queensland some 13,000 businesses are licensed across the state. This compares to just 700 in Victoria, 1200 in Western Australia and roughly 4000 in New South Wales.

 “The reduction of this green tape will see Queensland go from licencing 13,000 businesses to roughly 4000.”

 “The government has also halved fees for small sewage treatment plant operators which will ease the financial pressures on small tourism businesses like B&B’s and caravan parks.

 This is not about lowering environmental standards or protection; it’s about adopting a common sense approach to regulation.

 Businesses will still have to comply with the Environmental Protection Act and the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (EHP) will have compliance officers out on the ground to ensure they are businesses meet their legal obligations.

More information on the removal of ERA regulations is available at

[ENDS] 1 March 2013


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