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Business is the winner from government innovation

15 November 2017

Assistant Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, the Hon Craig Laundy MP, has congratulated IP Australia on winning the Silver Award at last night’s Prime Minister’s Awards for Excellence in Public Sector Management.

Mr Laundy said the award showcased the innovative work being done within the Industry, Innovation and Science portfolio towards making it simpler to do business in Australia.

“The ‘Australian Trade Mark Search’ tool makes searching for Australian trade marks easier for small businesses and introduced powerful features for intellectual property professionals,” Mr Laundy said.

“IP Australia partnered with Australian startup TrademarkVision on the ‘Australian Trade Mark Search’ project launched in February this year.

Mr Laundy also congratulated the Gold Award winner, the South Australian River Murray Sustainability Regional Economic Development Program.

Mr Laundy said the awards highlighted the innovative work being undertaken by all levels of government, both independently and collectively.

“Through the National Business Simplification Initiative (NBSI), the Commonwealth is working with state and territory governments to develop new solutions to the regulatory issues that impact business,” Mr Laundy noted.

One such solution is the Commonwealth’s Business Registration Service (BRS) which works in conjunction with ServiceNSW’s Easy to do Business initiative, also nominated at last night’s awards, to provide a no-wrong-door approach for those seeking to register their business.

Launched in April this year under the NBSI, the BRS has already reduced the average registration time for over 42,000 business from an hour to just fifteen minutes – an equivalent saving of more than 30,000 hours.

“The customer-focused approach of centralised and streamlined services ultimately saves businesses time and money that can be spent growing and creating more jobs. It’s an approach Australian governments are increasingly adopting,” Mr Laundy said.

“Under the NBSI, the Australian Government is working to simplify and streamline both regulation and services so that businesses can get on with doing business.”

Mr Laundy said that coming from a business background, he identified with the experience of small business owners who have to navigate not only federal but state and local government regulations.

“Businesses are tired of filling out forms when they could be engaging with customers,” Mr Laundy said.

“As we reach the first anniversary of the NBSI, the Australian Government has committed to delivering even more savings to businesses, with a new focus on improvements to government procurement processes and the removal of barriers to business growth,” he said.

The NBSI was launched on 17 November 2016 by Mr Laundy and then-Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Greg Hunt.

Media contact: Minister Laundy's office 02 6277 4345