Hate red tape? Help us identify licence reform priorities in NSW and have your say

We have received the following from IPART, the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal, via the NSW Business Chamber. You are invited to have your say on reducing red tape when it comes to licences and licensing in NSW.


The NSW Government has asked IPART to review licences in NSW and identify those licences where reform would produce the greatest reduction in costs to business and the community. There are currently about 1,000 different types of licences in NSW. They cover every aspect of the economy – including trades and professions, transport and motor vehicles, environmental protection, health, education, liquor, gaming and recreational activities, to name just some areas.

Today IPART released an Issues Paper, which discusses key questions for our review. We have also recently released a shorton-line survey for licence holders.

We are seeking your input to identify licence reform priorities to reduce red tape.  In particular, we are seeking information on licences that are unnecessary, have excessive requirements or are poorly administered.  Your feedback will ensure that our recommendations achieve the best possible outcomes.

We encourage you to make a submission in response to our Issues Paper. Our Issues Paper is available at:http://www.ipart.nsw.gov.au/Home/Industries/Regulation_Review/Reviews/Licence_Design/Licence_Rationale_and_Design. A short Fact Sheet summarising the Issues Paper can be found here.

Submissions to our Issues Paper can be made through our website:http://www.ipart.nsw.gov.au/Home/For_Consumers/Having_your_say/Lodge_a_submission?versionid=4830e154-62de-41e8-a42a-a0fa00a4affb&name=issues%20paper%20-%20reforming%20licensing%20in%20nsw%20-%20review%20of%20licence%20rationale%20and%20design%20-%20october%202012

Or by emailing to: LicenceReform@ipart.nsw.gov.au.

We also encourage you to complete our on-line survey on your licensing experiences. The link to the survey ishttp://haveyoursay.nsw.gov.au/redtape-licence-review

In addition to our survey and Issues Paper, we have also released a draft framework and guide – which is ultimately intended to be used by regulators when developing their new licences or reviewing existing licences.  This has been developed by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), and is also available on our website with the Issues Paper (see first link above).  Through submissions to our Issues Paper, we are keen to receive your feedback on how effectively the framework and guide can be applied.

If you have any questions about the Issues Paper, the licence survey, or PwC’s draft framework and guide, please email us at LicenceReform@ipart.nsw.gov.au or call 02 9113 7769.

Please also circulate this email or the links to the survey and Issues Paper to your associates and other parties affected by licences.

We look forward to receiving your input on reforming licences in NSW.