$82 million saved by cutting infrastructure red tape

Media Release

WT081/2015

18 March 2015

Joint release with:

Jamie Briggs

Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development
Federal Member for Mayo

Repeal Day has been marked by the launch of the 2014 Deregulation Annual Report for the Infrastructure and Regional Development portfolio.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the Government's commitment to boosting productivity and reducing red tape saw over $2 billion in compliance costs cut for business and the community in 2014.

“In the Infrastructure and Regional Development portfolio we have achieved almost $82 million in regulatory savings to ease the burden on business and gearing the economy for growth,” Mr Truss said.

The Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Jamie Briggs said that the Australian Government is getting on with delivering world class infrastructure more efficiently and at less cost to taxpayers to ensure we create jobs and grow the economy.

“We are committed to improving our economic capacity through rigorous infrastructure policy which delivers safety and security while balancing this with efficiency and competitive growth,” Mr Briggs said.

Reforms in the Infrastructure and Regional Development portfolio included estimated savings of:

  • $17.66 million for passengers as a result of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority easing restrictions on the use of electronic devices during aeroplane take-off and landing, improving both work and leisure time use.
  • $15.86 million for owners and businesses through the harmonisation of a number of Australian motor vehicle and motorcycle design rules with the United Nations rules. Included in these regulatory changes were requirements for rear mudguards on motorcycles, rear vision mirrors and fog lights for light and heavy vehicles, and certain seatbelt requirements.
  • $8.81 million from the introduction of more flexible explosive trace detection screening arrangements at Melbourne Airport.
  • $8.3 million from the repeal of spray suppression requirements for B-double trucks registered under the Federal Interstate Registration Scheme.
  • $6 million for industry through Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) replacing overly-prescriptive technical requirements for the design and construction of vessels, increasing flexibility for boat designers, builders, owners and operators.

For a copy of the 2014 Deregulation Annual Report for the Portfolio, visit the Department's website at www.infrastructure.gov.au