Current initiatives

Red Tape Reduction Legislation Amendment Bill 2017

These annual omnibus bills 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 bills 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 bills 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 Bill for 2017, which was introduced to the Legislative Assembly on 30 March, 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 later in 2017.

For further background on previous annual omnibus bills see also:

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.

For further background see Taxi Industry Innovation Reforms or Access Canberra.

Streamlining regulation for charities in the ACT

The ACT is committed to making it easier for community organisations and charities to deal with government so that they can have more time to focus on delivering services to the community.

In 2017, the Regulatory Reform team will be undertaking a two stage reform process.

Stage 1 – Removing duplication for charities registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profit Commission (ACNC)

We are seeking to remove duplication between Commonwealth and ACT legislation for ACT incorporated associations registered with the ACNC as part of the Red Tape Reduction Legislation Amendment Bill 2017.

If you would like to know more, including how to provide comment or participate in forums, see Proposed Changes for Charities [PDF 726kb] [Word 151kb].

Stage 2 – Further reforms for community organisations’ interaction with government

The second stage will seek feedback on whether there are further changes we can make to simplify processes for all incorporated associations and charitable collection licence holders registered in the ACT, as well as examine fundraising issues for charitable collections in public places in the ACT.

This work will be informed by the implementation of recommendations to address red tape which were identified as part of the Community Sector Red Tape Reduction Forum held by the Community Services Directorate in 2013.

If you have ideas for reform or would like to be involved, please email