- 90-Day Project to streamline regulatory approvals and reduce compliance costs for eco and nature-based businesses
- 27 recommendations developed in collaboration with State and Federal Government agencies and industry
- Regulatory process maps to guide businesses
Eco and nature-based tourism businesses will enjoy simplified regulatory processes thanks to the '90 Day Projects' program.
The program remains part of the McGowan Government's strategy to diversify the economy and create jobs. It aims to identify and reduce the regulatory burden in key industry sectors of the Western Australian economy, making it easier for businesses to commence, innovate and expand.
The Eco and Nature-based Tourism 90-Day Project, led by the Department of Treasury, was conducted in collaboration with the Federal Government, six State Government agencies, as well as eight industry associations.
This is the first 90-Day Project to be conducted in collaboration with the Federal Government's Department of Industry, Innovation and Science under the National Business Simplification Initiative which aims to address complexity and duplication in regulatory requirements across government.
Of the about 330 eco and nature-based tourism businesses actively operating in Western Australia, more than 80 shared their experiences of regulatory processes through online surveys, telephone interviews and on-site visits.
The feedback from industry and government has resulted in 27 recommendations to improve processes including the publication of regulatory process maps to help businesses navigate the regulatory pathways and avoid unnecessary delays in obtaining approvals.
The changes will also cut red tape for businesses seeking approval to offer tourism experiences in national parks or on Crown land. The improvements have the potential to save businesses up to $1,200 a year.
Comments attributed to Treasurer Ben Wyatt:
"The Eco and Nature-based Tourism 90-Day Project delivers regulatory reforms that will make it easier for eco and nature-based tourism businesses to commence, operate and expand across WA.
"In implementing its recommendations, the Government is fulfilling its election commitment to develop a strong economy and improve job opportunities, particularly for people who live and work in regional and remote communities."
Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia:
"Thanks to the 90-Day Project, it will be easier to navigate the processes involved in establishing or expanding an eco or nature-based tourism business.
"WA has the potential to be a world leader in ecotourism and cutting red tape will help the State achieve its potential while protecting and preserving its unique natural environment.
"More eco-tourism businesses will mean more jobs, particularly in regional areas, which is good news for the State's economy."
Treasurer's office - 6552 5900
Tourism Minister's office - 6552 5600