Hon Ken Baston MLC

Hon Ken Baston MLC

Former Minister for Agriculture and Food; Fisheries

Hon Bill Marmion BE MBA MLA

Hon Bill Marmion BE MBA MLA

Former Minister for State Development; Transport; Innovation

    Reducing the cost of agri-business regulations

    18/11/2015 11:00 AM
    • In-roads made on reducing red tape and regulatory burden
    • Makes it easier for agri-businesses to optimise their potential and reduce costs

    Agri-businesses across the State are benefiting from the removal of red tape and streamlining regulatory reforms to transport licensing, environmental approvals and start-up requirements.


    Agriculture and Food Minister Ken Baston said the State Government was improving government processes and operating conditions to boost business profitability and confidence.


    "Vehicle licensing processes have been simplified for agricultural transporters, saving time, risk and costs for up to 5,000 transport transactions per year," he said.


    "Business operators are already benefiting from the practical improvements made to a number of transport areas, including clarifications made to driver licensing requirements for all terrain vehicles on farm and towing agricultural combinations, as recognised in the State Government's inaugural 2015 Red Tape Reduction Report Card.


    "Most importantly, the Class 1 Notice for Agricultural Machines now includes combinations. The process to obtain Western Power permits for over-height movements has been reviewed and is in the process of being streamlined.


    Mr Baston said work was continuing to provide advice for small business on regulatory pathways by chaperoning applications through the regulatory system with newly developed tools and checklists.


    "Agri-businesses now benefit from direct assistance, reducing the administrative time spent in collecting and understanding the regulatory requirements.  This addressed feedback that in 71 per cent of cases, businesses did not understand the regulation," he said.


    "Changes are also being made to environmental laws, regulations and standards between departments to simplify the process and reduce bottlenecks and delays.


    "There have also been great gains in reducing the cost of establishing a feedlot, aligning environmental regulation and land clearing reforms and improved decision-making around local planning and the impact on agricultural land."


    Finance Minister Bill Marmion said these reforms highlighted the range of diverse benefits the Government was delivering for Western Australian businesses.


    "By cutting red tape, we can reduce barriers to investment, drive economic growth and lift business confidence," Mr Marmion said.


    Fact File

    • Read the Government's Red Tape Reduction Report Card here
    • Submit your ideas to reduce red tape and #ShredTheRed here

    Agriculture and Food Minister's office - 6552 5400

    Finance Minister's office - 6552 6800