Media Release

Looking for more ways to cut red tape

6 May 2014

The Australian Government has an ambitious deregulation agenda, focused on cutting unnecessary red tape and regulatory burdens on industry and the community.
 
Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, has written to his agricultural portfolio agencies to set out his expectations for regulatory activities and begin discussions about ways to minimise the regulatory burdens on farmers and related industries.
 
Minister Joyce has written to the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA), Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) and the Wine Australia Corporation.
 
“I want to ensure my portfolio does not overburden farmers and associated industries by cumbersome red tape and unnecessary regulation,” Minister Joyce said.
 
“The regulatory work of our portfolio agencies is important and necessary - but I’m asking these agencies to ensure their regulations are designed so they are efficient and cost effective, easy to understand and follow, are transparent and accountable, and take full advantage of advances in IT.
 
“Parliament is currently considering the Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Legislation Amendment (Removing Re-approval and Re-registration) Bill which, if passed, will lead to some simple reforms to our system of chemical registration.
 
Minister Joyce said the government’s reforms to agvet chemical re-registration – which were part of the Coalition’s Plan to Boost Agriculture prior to the election – is supported by key industry groups such as NSW Farmers, AgForce Queensland as well as the National Farmers Federation (NFF).
 
“AFMA has also begun working on its deregulation agenda, reducing charges for online transactions and extending the ability to apply for fishing permits online. I commend AFMA for its work in this area,” Minister Joyce said.
 
“Given Wine Australia is being replaced by the new Australian Grape and Wine Authority from 1 July 2014, in the time remaining I’ve asked it to review its operations and ensure the transition plan to the new Authority will consider the deregulation agenda.”
 
Minister Joyce’s letters have been published on the department’s website at http://www.daff.gov.au/about/deregulation/regulatory-behaviour-and-performance.