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. This has streamlined reporting requirements for these charities.
For information on these changes, please view the following:
Further reforms – 2017-18
Building on these changes for ACNC charities, the ACT sought feedback in 2017 on whether there were further opportunities to improve the regulatory environment for community organisations in the ACT.
Based on the feedback from stakeholders, the ACT is proposing to introduce further improvements to the regulatory environment for the not-for-profit sector in the ACT.
The first of these changes is to modernise the Associations Incorporation Act 1991 and to remove the requirement for organisations to provide separate audited financial statements for each funded activity.
A later stage of work will be to examine options for improving the conduct of fundraising in the ACT in consultation with stakeholders.
Proposed changes to the Associations Incorporation Act 1991
It is proposed to introduce a series of amendments to the Associations Incorporation Act 1991 to modernise it and bring it more in line with other jurisdictions as part of the next Red Tape Reduction Legislative Amendment Bill in August 2018.
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.