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Deregulation Taskforce


In July 2019, the Prime Minister tasked the Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister and Cabinet, the Hon Ben Morton MP, with revitalising our regulatory reform and deregulation agenda and establishing the new Deregulation Taskforce.

The Taskforce will drive improvements to the design, administration and effectiveness of the stock of government regulation to ensure it is fit for purpose. The Taskforce will develop and recommend solutions to lower the costs of regulation while retaining the benefits, making it easier for businesses to invest, create jobs and grow the economy.

The Taskforce's primary focus is to work from the perspective of business and will co-design solutions with business and agencies across jurisdictions to identify and remove unnecessary barriers to investment. 

In 2020, the Deregulation Taskforce will continue its work to reduce red tape, make it easier for business to invest and create jobs, and assist COVID-19 economy recovery through its next priority areas:

  • modernising business communications to reduce costs incurred by businesses when legislation is not technology neutral, and to better reflect the way Australians want to engage and communicate
  • improving occupational mobility to enable businesses and consumers to access skilled workers more quickly, and make it easier for people in licensed occupations to move where their skills are needed

This will support the Taskforce’s earlier work, with its initial focus on a selection of sectors and activities to target critical pain points. These initial areas of focus are:

  • reducing regulatory burden for food manufacturers with an initial focus on exporting
  • making it easier for sole traders and micro businesses to become first time employers
  • getting beneficial major projects up and running sooner

Deregulation reforms targeting these areas were announced in the Mid-Year Fiscal Outlook 2019-2020, with the Taskforce maintaining support with relevant agencies through the implementation of these measures.

The Prime Minister announced on June 15 that the Deregulation Taskforce will shortly be moving to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. The Deregulation Agenda will continue to be led by the Hon Ben Morton MP.

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