Hon Paul Papalia CSC MLA

Hon Paul Papalia CSC MLA

Minister for Police; Road Safety; Defence Industry; Veterans Issues

    State and local government partnership makes big impact for small business

    17/08/2019 8:05 AM
    • Partnership between the Small Business Development Corporation and the City of Canning improves business approval processes across planning, building and health
    • City of Canning is first local government authority to participate in the Small Business Friendly Approvals Project, with the City of Stirling also set to take part 

    The City of Canning has become the first local government to take part in a pilot program that speeds up approval processes and reduces some of the hurdles confronted by Small Business.


    The Small Business Friendly Approvals Project, an initiative of the Small Business Development Corporation (SBDC), focuses on mapping the small business customer journey and developing reforms to streamline approval process for business customers.


    Based on a successful Victorian project that delivered a significant reduction in approval times, the Cities of Canning and Stirling are collaborating with the SBDC to develop processes that will benefit Western Australian small businesses.


    Another important component of the project is to develop guidance material to assist other interested local governments to review and improve their own processes.


    The Cities of Canning and Stirling are among 33 local government authorities participating in the SBDC's Small Business Friendly Local Governments (SBFLG) initiative. Each participating local government has signed the SBFLG Charter and made the formal commitment to support their respective small business communities, and recognise them as valued customers, stakeholders and suppliers. More than half of all small businesses in the State (56.6 per cent) are based within a SBFLG area.


    Comments attributed to Small Business Minister Paul Papalia:


    "This exciting project aligns with the State Government's Streamline WA initiative, which make it easier to do business in Western Australia by improving regulation and regulatory practice.


    "Small business is big business, and in the City of Canning more than 10,000 businesses employ 56,000 people and contribute $11 billion annually to Gross State Product.


    "By being a facilitator rather than a regulator, local governments will bolster their local economies and business environments."


    Comments attributed to Small Business Commissioner David Eaton:


    Small Business Commissioner David Eaton said the reform initiatives developed by the City of Canning's project were the result of a detailed analysis and evaluation of their entire approvals process covering every City interaction with a small business.


    "The Small Business Friendly Approvals Project aims to help local governments use their resources more efficiently and foster a 'can-do' business friendly culture through process improvement and red tape reduction," Mr Eaton said.


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