Red tape horror stories in NSW

The NSW Business Chamber is calling on businesses across NSW to share their local government red tape horror stories.

Road transport is an industry sector that is subject to a large array of regulations including those applicable to depots, servicing and warehouse facilities. Roads and bridges administered by local governments are also areas of operation that can be subject to excessive and onerous paperwork and regulation.

“With the IPART (Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal) investigation into local government red tape underway we want businesses across NSW to share their red tape stories and provide real life examples of how red tape is impacting on business operators, jobs and the economy,” said Stephen Cartwright, CEO of the NSW Business Chamber.

“Our annual Red Tape Survey has revealed that compliance and administration costs NSW businesses about $4.8 billion each year – that’s red tape generated by all levels of government.

“Our survey has also shown that the red tape is growing with more hours being spent on compliance than ever before – that is not a good outcome for business owners who are trying to run a profitable business, employ people and support their communities.

“This is a great opportunity for businesses to strike a blow against the mountains of paperwork and red tape that have become a day to day part of running a successful business – we need real life examples of the impacts of regulation in the workplace and how it prevents businesses from growing and employing more Australians,”said Mr Cartwright.

Mr Cartwright said the NSW Business Chamber has created an online portal for business owners and operators to easily and quickly share their red tape stories.

Business owners can visit http://www.nswbusinesschamber.com.au/redtape to share their red tape horror stories.

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