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The Governments Deregulation Taskforce

The Government is committed to reducing red tape, to make it easier for businesses to invest and create jobs.

The Government announced it will be bringing the Deregulation Taskforce into the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet as part of the Government’s JobMaker agenda.

The Government also announced the next priority areas for the Government’s Deregulation Taskforce. This focus will zero in on areas to assist with COVID-19 economic recovery.

Modernise Business Communications 

COVID-19 has shown that our laws have not kept pace with digital technology when it comes to business communications – for example, by requiring business to use paper for storing information, instead of using electronic delivery or adopting new technologies like blockchain.

In order to reduce business costs and better reflect the way Australians want to engage and communicate, the Deregulation Taskforce will work with business and consumers to identify and address these issues, and with state and territory governments to explore complementary reforms.


Improve Occupational Mobility 

Greater mutual recognition of qualifications and improved information flows between jurisdictions will be vital to allow Australians to take up job opportunities in coming months.

20% of workers in the economy are required to be licensed or registered, while there are in excess of 800 licenses in manual trades across states and territories.

The Deregulation Taskforce’s work area is aimed at cutting red tape by exploring greater mutual recognition of qualifications and improved information flows between jurisdictions.

We want to provide more opportunities for builders, trades workers, architects and engineers to have their qualifications recognised in other states and territories. 

This will give businesses greater access to skilled workers more quickly, particularly for bush-fire and COVID-19 recovery.

The Government is seeking to partner with state and territory governments to progress this work.

Successful deregulation has increased competition and economic efficiency, raising productivity and, ultimately supporting jobs and wages.

Early gains have been made through the Deregulation Taskforce. This includes simplifying business registers, streamlining export documentation and making it easier for a sole trader and micro-businesses to employ people. In most cases, the first ever employee.