Hon Bill Marmion BE MBA MLA

Hon Bill Marmion BE MBA MLA

Former Minister for State Development; Transport; Innovation

Hon Simon O'Brien MLC

Hon Simon O'Brien MLC

Former Minister for Finance; Commerce; Small Business

    Small business benefits from red tape cut

    11/05/2012 12:00 AM
     
    • Business costs cut under environment regulations changes
    • Environmental standards still maintained

    More than 700 existing small businesses will be freed from a requirement to be registered and new businesses will not have to pay a $624 environmental charge under changes to the Environmental Protection Regulations that come into effect today.

     

    Environment Minister Bill Marmion said the State Government had gazetted changes to the regulations meaning certain small businesses no longer needed to register with the Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) under what was known as Schedule 2 of the Environmental Protection Regulations.

     

    “Removing Schedule 2 from the regulations means small businesses whose operations don’t pose a significant risk to the environment do not have to hold a registration that costs $624,” he said.

     

    “The change also means these businesses, ranging from small food processing facilities such as small abattoirs and prepared meat processors through to small plastics manufacturers, no longer will risk being fined up to $25,000 for failing to register with DEC.”

     

    Mr Marmion said the Government had taken the measure as part of its ongoing drive to reduce duplication and unnecessary regulation.

     

    “Business is already regulated by the Environmental Protection Act and relevant regulations, so effective environmental controls will still apply,” he said.

     

    Small Business Minister Simon O’Brien said changes in technology and administration improved interaction between Government and small businesses.

     

    “These improvements have meant that Schedule 2 essentially had become redundant,” Mr O’Brien said.

     

    “It makes sense for the Government to remove unnecessary regulations to reduce the legal and cost burden on business.”

     

          Fact File

    • Businesses affected include small abattoirs, meat curers, fibreglass reinforced plastic manufacturers, drinking water treatment facilities and abrasive blasters

    Environment Minister’s office - 6552 6800

    Small Business Minister’s office - 6552 5800