New steps towards simpler business registration – September 2017

Filed under: Trade and industry, Business, Small Business,

Commonwealth agencies are teaming up to streamline business registration to make it easier to start a new business in Australia.

The Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) is hosting a multi-disciplinary team of five Government agencies researching ideas from businesses, software developers and Government departments on registration simplification.

Assistant Minister for Digital Transformation Angus Taylor said registration red tape was a big frustration for business.

“The DTA’s charter is to make it simpler and easier to deal with government,” he said.

“By partnering with other agencies, the DTA will use its expertise on projects like the National Business Simplification Initiative, to guide solutions. We want more Australian businesses to get started and once they’re up and running, they should only need minimal contact with government.”

Mr Taylor was joined by Assistant Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science Craig Laundy at a briefing at the DTA in Canberra.

Mr Laundy said some registers were operating on out-dated technology, with duplicate and inconsistent data between registers and users.

“Business owners are being tied up dealing with multiple agencies and registers, each with different processes - from registration and licensing, to meeting reporting obligations and accessing government services,” he said.

“Partnering with the DTA and other agencies has brought together a team committed to making it easier for Australians to get their dream off the ground, in the quickest possible way.”

The DTA is working with the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, Australian Taxation Office, Australian Securities and Investment Commission and the Department of Treasury to roadmap how users navigate different registers and to develop prototypes for simplification.

There are currently 31 business registers managed by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission and the Australian Business Register.

INSIDE PUBLISHERS Federal Political Briefing has previously reported that the Government has started consultation on ways to modernise business registration arrangements to make it simpler for business. Among the changes under consideration is the merger of more than 30 different Government business registers.

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