Hon Sean L'Estrange MEdL GradDipResMan GradDipMan MLA

Hon Sean L'Estrange MEdL GradDipResMan GradDipMan MLA

Former Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Finance; Small Business

Hon Joe Francis MLA

Hon Joe Francis MLA

Former Minister for Emergency Services; Fisheries; Corrective Services; Veterans

    90-day project targets aquaculture

    1/12/2016 12:00 PM
    • Aquaculture 90-day project streamlines approval processes and delivers practical reform
    • 17 recommendations developed in collaboration with industry and Government
    • Marine licence approval times cut by a third and licence terms extended

    The Liberal National Government's 90-day regulatory reform aquaculture project has been released, containing 17 recommendations to reduce red tape and promote investment in Western Australian aquaculture.


    The departments of Finance and Fisheries, in collaboration with industry and other government agencies, have identified how to streamline approval processes and provide greater certainty for aquaculture businesses.


    "Licensing approvals times will be cut from 235 to 150 days, a time saving of more than one-third, with further efficiency gains expected to be achieved through the implementation of online application and reporting tools," Finance Minister Sean L'Estrange said.


    "Other improvements include greater guidance for environmental approval processes, aligning licence terms with tenure, and identifying suitable areas for regional aquaculture using advanced spatial zoning plans and environmental modelling techniques.


    "In addition, reporting and licence conditions will be streamlined for inland aquaculture initiatives."


    Fisheries Minister Joe Francis said the recommendations provided further impetus for improvements in the State's aquaculture sector.


    "The Department of Fisheries will now work hard to implement the improvements," Mr Francis said.


    "We have a vast coastline and a strong reputation for clean, quality products.  Improving our industry's regulatory processes and creating more certainty will help our State make the most of these opportunities."


    Fact File

    • The Department of Finance collaborates with other government departments on a range of 90-day regulatory reform projects
    • The first project led to streamlined regulations for restaurant start-ups
    • More information on the 90-day projects can be found here

    Finance Minister's office - 6552 6900

    Fisheries Minister's office - 6552 6500


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