Red Tape Reduction Legislation Amendment Act 2017
These annual omnibus Acts represent the Government’s ongoing commitment to simplify or remove provisions that are redundant or create unnecessary administrative burden to business, Government, other organisations and individuals in the ACT.
Specifically, each of these omnibus Acts captures reforms to regulation affecting numerous aspects of industry, government and other activities that are not captured by larger reform initiatives specific to certain industries.
These Acts form part of the Government’s ongoing and broader objective to make life easier for those who work, employ, learn and live in the Territory.
The Act for 2017, which was introduced to the Legislative Assembly as a bill on 30 March, and passed on 6 June, contains amendments which:
- remove duplicative processes for ACT incorporated associations and charities that are already registered under Commonwealth legislation; (for further information see Streamlining regulation for charities in the ACT below)
- remove breed-specific provisions regarding the muzzling of greyhounds in public places;
- remove duplicative processes for some businesses carrying out works in a waterway;
- remove over-prescriptive legislation regarding firewood merchants;
- remove prescribed training requirements for some security employee licence subclass applicants;
- provide new enforcement options for the regulator concerning non-compliant licensed agents;
- remove ambiguity and increase competition in the energy sector by amending the Energy Industry Levy;
- repeal redundant legislation that serves no purpose in protecting or regulating the ACT community, including the Public Bathing Act 1956.
More information about the changes can be found on the Access Canberra website and the websites of individual directorates. The changes are due to be implemented at various stages up to the end of August 2017.
For further background on previous annual omnibus Acts see also:
- Red Tape Reduction Legislation Amendment Act 2016
- Red Tape Reduction Legislation Amendment Act 2015
- Red Tape Reduction Legislation Amendment Act 2014
Streamlining regulation for charities in the ACT
In June 2017, the ACT passed legislation to exempt charities registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission from certain requirements of the Associations Incorporation Act 1991 and the Charitable Collections Act 2003.
Changes for Incorporated Associations
From 1 July 2017, ACT incorporated associations that are registered with the ACNC will be exempt from Part 5 of the Associations Incorporation Act 1991.
This means they no longer need to provide annual reports to Access Canberra, including for the 2016-17 financial year, or advise Access Canberra of changes to committee members.
They will still need to advise Access Canberra of their Public Officer and any changes to their Constitution or Rules.
From July 2017, the ACT has removed fees for associations in the ACT when they lodge their annual returns to Access Canberra on time. Late fees will still apply.
Changes for Charitable Collections
From July 2017, ACNC registered charities will be exempt from requiring a licence through Access Canberra to undertake charitable collections in the ACT. This means they will no longer be required to report to Access Canberra on their fundraising activities.
For further information on all changes, please view the following:
Further reforms – 2017-18
Building on these changes for ACNC charities, the ACT is seeking feedback on whether there are further opportunities to reduce red tape for community organisations and improve fundraising in the ACT.
You can provide suggestions for further areas for reform to email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The timeframe for comments has been extended until Friday 6 October 2017.
For background on existing Charities and Community Sector Red Tape Reform, please read the following document prepared by Community Services Directorate:
ACT Taxi Industry Innovation Reform Evaluation
The ACT’s nation-leading reforms have seen the introduction of rideshare services to the Territory and reduced barriers to entry in the traditional taxi industry.
As part of the ACT’s Taxi Industry Innovation Review/Reforms, a two-year period of monitoring and evaluation of the impact of reforms of the on-demand transport industry is being undertaken. Monitoring has been ongoing since October 2015 and over the second phase of reforms.
The evaluation will be undertaken over 2017. It is to determine passenger and market outcomes of the reforms, and consider whether any follow-on actions are necessary. The evaluation will examine effects of reforms on: the passenger travel experience, including accessibility and safety; the structure and competitiveness of the industry; and other factors.
Further details to come about the Evaluation and ways you can provide input.