Rigorous infrastructure policy approach is cutting red tape

Media Release


29 October 2014

Joint release with:

Warren Truss

Deputy Prime Minister
Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Improving productivity growth and enhancing competitiveness are key focuses of the Australian Government's deregulation policy, embodied by today's Spring Repeal Day.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the regulation ‘spring clean’ is an opportunity for the Coalition Government to focus its attention on ways it can encourage growth and improve productivity by reducing compliance costs for industry.

“The Coalition Government is committed to saving business, individuals and the wider community at least $1 billion a year, by reducing the costs of unnecessary and inefficient regulation. The Government has already announced $2.1 billion in net savings—more than double our target—thanks to our drive to cut red tape,” Mr Truss said.

Reforms in the Infrastructure and Regional Development Portfolio include:

  • The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has replaced overly-prescriptive technical requirements for the design and construction of vessels to improve safety outcomes and increase flexibility for boat designers, builders, owners and operators (a $6 million saving to industry)
  • New motorcycles sold in Australia will no longer require modification to be fitted with an Australian specific rear mudguard, bringing Australia in line with Europe (a $14 million saving to industry)
  • Changes introduced by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) to licensing and flying training regulations will save the aviation industry more than $2.5 million while maintaining Australia's high safety standards
  • CASA has recently removed a regulatory barrier prohibiting the use of smart phones and tablets during take-off and landing, adding around 40 minutes of productive time for business passengers

Assistant Minister Jamie Briggs said 4,309 unnecessary and outdated regulations within the portfolio were in the process of being repealed.

“A major review of the Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989 is also underway to identify options to reduce the regulatory burden on business and consumers, while improving safety outcomes,” Mr Briggs said.

Mr Truss said he will continue working to find efficiencies wherever possible.

“While the Coalition Government has made significant progress, there is still more work to do,” he said.

“Future priorities include reducing red tape in coastal shipping regulation, the heavy vehicle industry and at airports.”

For more information on the Australian Government's deregulation agenda in the Infrastructure Portfolio, visit www.infrastructure.gov.au/department/deregulation/index.aspx