Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Gee MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Andrew Broad MP Former Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

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