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Streamlining Government services for new businesses

15 October 2015

Starting a business will be faster and easier after an Australian Government project announced today delivers its results.

Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science Christopher Pyne welcomed the announcement by the Digital Transformation Office (DTO) that his department will lead the effort to streamline the bureaucratic process of establishing a business.

Mr Pyne said the AusIndustry arm of his department was perfectly positioned to work with DTO and the Australian Tax Office (ATO) to streamline registrations, license applications and other red tape for those setting up a business, through the handy business.gov.au website.

“There are around 700,000 new businesses registered each year, and the Government wants to make it as easy as possible for Australian businesses to be established, to flourish and to grow. Removing regulatory burdens is a major part of that task,” Mr Pyne said.

“Our experienced AusIndustry group already delivers streamlined, user-friendly Australian Government business services and this project recognises the successful history and bright future of this important work,” Mr Pyne said.

“Small businesses and entrepreneurs are the backbone and brains of our national economy. Making it easier for them to navigate the layers of state and federal red tape will make a positive difference, to them and to Australia.

“My department through AusIndustry already delivers information and services that make life easier for businesses, using the popular business.gov.au website and the 13 28 46 business assistance line.”

Statistics for last financial year show:

  • Over 11 million unique page views of business.gov.au (26 per cent increase on 2013/14) with an average of 3.8 million unique site visits each month
  • Over 76,000 business contacts comprising web chats, emails and phone calls to 13 28 46 (40 per cent increase on 2013/14)
  • More than half a billion ABN searches using business.gov.au
  • More than two million business planning tools downloaded from business.gov.au
  • Around 60 million online business transactions processed through VANguard, a whole of government programme for business to government (B2G) and government to government (G2G) online transactions
  • Almost 700 live online SmartForms at business.gov.au for businesses dealing with more than 160 local, State and Federal government agencies, and
  • Australian Business Licence & Information Service (ABLIS), which brings together eight State and Territory licencing information systems into one national service.

“My department has already begun working with the ATO and Australian Securities and Investments Commission on a simplified business registration process hosted on business.gov.au,” Mr Pyne said.

Mr Pyne’s media: 0439 764 809, pynemedia@industry.gov.au
Department media: media@industry.gov.au