Continuing to advance a single domestic market for services
The Government will improve occupational mobility in Australia to make it easier for people in licensed occupations to move their skills to where they are needed and enable businesses and consumers to access skilled workers more quickly by working with states and territories and industry.
The Australian Government should drive national consistency in business requirements for professional services providers in partnership with professional services peak bodies. Consideration should be given to working with one professional services sub-sector first to create a model approach that could then be adopted by other professions.
Progress to date
The Deregulation Taskforce has focused on making it easier for sole-traders and micro-businesses to employ their first person, getting major projects up and running sooner and reducing the regulatory burden for food manufacturers with an initial focus on exporting.
In 2021, the Deregulation Taskforce is continuing its work to reduce red tape, make it easier for business to invest and create jobs, and assist COVID-19 economy recovery through its next priority areas:
Streamlining regulation for the excise (and excise-equivalent customs duty) regime, to support new investment in our fuel security and world-leading beverage manufacturing sector;
Targeting unnecessarily overlapping or duplicative cross-jurisdictional regulatory burdens, working with businesses, Commonwealth agencies and the states and territories to identify and prioritise reform;
Modernising business communications to reduce costs incurred by businesses when legislation is not technology neutral, and to better reflect the way Australians want to engage and communicate; and
Improving occupational mobility to make it easier for people in licensed occupations to move where their skills are needed and enable businesses and consumers to access skilled workers more quickly.
This will also improve consistency in national business requirements.
The Taskforce will look to further opportunities to address issues raised in this Action Plan.