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Green light to cut red tape for small business

20 April, 2017

NSW small businesses will benefit from the expansion of a highly successful NSW Government program that makes it easier to start cafes, restaurants and small bars. 

The Easy to do Business program, piloted in Parramatta, has succeeded in reducing the average time taken to start a business from 18 months to just three months. 

The program is a joint initiative between Service NSW, the Offices of the NSW Small Business Commissioner, NSW Customer Service Commissioner and Parramatta Council. It will soon be expanded to include local councils in the Northern Beaches, Georges River and Dubbo. 

Deputy Premier and Minister for Small Business, John Barilaro, said the program removed barriers and obstacles for small business. 

“For many businesses one of the biggest challenges they face is navigating all the rules and regulations, and often plans are slowed down by red tape and bureaucracy,” Mr Barilaro said. 

“This program has already helped 31 small businesses by replacing 30 government forms with a single online application, connecting them with a case manager and almost halving the amount of duplicated information customers were previously required to provide.” 

Minister for Finance, Services and Property, Victor Dominello, said this program has provided small businesses with a 21st century one-stop shop service – dramatically reducing the piles of duplicative paperwork.

“The rapid expansion in digital technology provides an opportunity for government to make life easier for prospective small business owners,” Mr Dominello said.

“This program’s success is marked by the overwhelming feedback of small business owners involved– they simply love the Easy to do Business Program.”

Plans are also underway to expand the program to include four other business sectors - clothing retail, housing construction, print business and road freight. 

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