The Victorian Government is implementing a comprehensive program
to reduce red tape by 25 per cent by 2014, ensuring that Victoria
has the most efficient regulatory system in Australia. As it is one
of the five largest regulators in Victoria, this has significant
implications for WorkSafe and its relationship with employers.
The Government aims to achieve this 25 per cent reduction by
removing unnecessary reporting and compliance obligations imposed
As the first stage of the program, Victoria's five largest
regulators will be issued 'reducing red tape statements of
expectation' (SOEs) by their relevant minister.
WorkSafe will be issued an SOE by 31 March 2013 and WorkSafe
will be required to publish the SOE on its website.
The SOE will identify key compliance and administrative
processes that impose costs on businesses. It will set out
performance targets for WorkSafe such as 'reducing the number
of low-risk inspections for compliant business by 15 per cent by
WorkSafe will be required to report on actions being taken to
achieve the performance measures specified in reducing red tape
The Red Tape Commissioner
John Lloyd has been commenced as Victoria's first Red Tape
Commissioner. He will oversee the red tape reduction initiative and
report directly to the Treasurer. He has previously been the
Australian Building and Construction Commissioner and was most
recently engaged as the Director of Work Reform and Productivity at
the Institute of Public Affairs.
One of his first jobs will be to consult with the business
community to identify a priority list of high impact compliance and
administrative regulatory activities.
What this means for Employers
Measures to reduce the regulatory burden on employers, suggested
in guidelines for government departments issuing SOEs, include:
Spending less time assessing licensing applications for
employers with a history of compliance.
Taking a more targeted and risk-based approach to inspections.
For example, reducing the frequency of inspections for employers
with a strong history of compliance in low-risk areas.
Improving guidance to employers to help reduce the need for
Removing reporting and notification requirements that impose
unnecessary burdens in low-risk areas of operation.
An example of a reduction in red tape given by the Treasurer is
reforms to high-risk work licences. People who miss their licence
renewal date will be able to re-apply without incurring the
significant costs and fees in re-training as a new applicant, if
they do so within 12 months of it expiring.
WorkSafe will be required to implement red tape reduction
measures over the coming year.
Your input to the process is encouraged
The success of this initiative will depend greatly on the
identification of opportunities to cut red tape. Your involvement
in the process of providing that information is encouraged.
Norton Rose Australia partner
Barry Sherriff is a member of the WorkSafe Stakeholder
Reference Group and has ongoing involvement in regulatory reform in
various ways. We would appreciate your feedback on opportunities
for cutting red tape, so that we can feed that information into the
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