Move for reform
The Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) has released a report detailing the red tape burden for the agricultural sector as well as areas that are ripe for reform.
at the farm gate
The report, Review of Selected Regulatory Burdens on Agriculture and Forestry Businesses, found that for about a quarter of the regulations it looked at, Australian Government action could reduce the regulatory burden.
Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce said the report provided Governments with solid research on which to base sensible proposals for reducing the regulatory burden.
† “While some degree of regulation is often necessary, we know that excessive regulatory burden stifles productivity and economic returns to our farmers,” Mr Joyce said.
“My aim is to reduce red and green tape costs on business by $1 billion a year.”
He said that to do that the Government would be looking at areas that have been identified in the report for action, such as livestock export reform and cutting red tape for agricultural chemicals.
“I will be asking my Department to consider the findings of this report as part of the current regulation reviews and I encourage my Federal, State and Territory colleagues to do the same with their Departments as some of the findings will require cross-Government collaboration,” Mr Joyce said.
He said that in total, 32 specific regulatory issues that stakeholders raised in submissions to the Productivity Commission’s 2007 review regarding agriculture and forestry were assessed, including live animal exports, horticulture, crops, food and employment.
The Review of Selected Regulatory Burdens on Agriculture and Forestry Businesses report is available on the Department’s website at this PS News link.
Edition 386, 5 November 2013