Red Tape: Problem or Solution

Events - 19 Mar 2015

Over time community needs and wants change according to available knowledge and resources. As a consequence rules and regulations must change.  It is incumbent upon the public service to review, design, and implement regulations in the most efficient possible manner.

Regulatory reform presents the public service with an opportunity to enhance its efficiency and effectiveness in delivering public good. 

The Productivity Commission released a report in 2013 identifying a model for an improved Major Project Development Assessment Processes. This is just one area of potential improvement and serves as an important starting point for discussion as to the other promising areas of reform.

What regulations should go? Which need to be revised? And, how can we enhance our understanding of complex regulations so that they may be better enacted?

Topics included:

•    Regulation design and review 
•    Regulation implementation – getting process design right
•    Identifying unnecessary red tape
•    Identifying necessary red tape
•    Commonwealth and State alignment


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Mr Sven Bluemmel
Information Commissioner of WA, Office of the Information Commissioner
President, IPAA WA


Delegates Heard From:

Mr Peter Harris
Chair, Australian Productivity Commission

Peter Harris is Chairman of the Productivity Commission. Mr Harris has previously served as Secretary of the Commonwealth Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, and the Victorian Government agencies responsible for Sustainability and the Environment; Primary Industries; and Public Transport.

He has worked for the Ansett-Air New Zealand aviation group and as a consultant on transport policy. He has also worked in Canada on exchange with the Privy Council Office (1993-1994). His career with the government started in 1976 with the Department of Overseas Trade and included periods with the Treasury; Finance; the Prime Minister’s Department and Transport; and he worked for two years in the Prime Minister’s Office on secondment from the Prime Minister’s Department as a member of then Prime Minister Bob Hawke’s personal staff.

In 2013, he was made an Officer of the Order of Australia 'for distinguished service to public administration through leadership and policy reform roles in the areas of telecommunications, the environment, primary industry and transport'.

He has a degree in Economics from the University of Queensland (1975) and is married with two children.

Jason Banks
Director-General, Department of Environment Regulation

Jason is the inaugural Director General of the Department of Environment Regulation, which was established in July 2013.

He came to the Environment Portfolio in December 2012, to undertake the role of Deputy Director General Environment in the former Department of Environment Conservation.
Prior to this he was a Management Consultant at the Public Sector Commission and a Senior Advisor at the Department of State Development.

Between April 2006 and August 2009 Jason was the Coordinator of Energy / Chief Executive Office of the former Office of Energy. He came to the Energy Portfolio in 1999 and undertook project and executive roles.

Jason has a strong background in economic, environmental and social policy development at a state and national level. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce and post graduate qualifications in economics from Murdoch University and is an associate member of CPA Australia.

Mr Greg Watkinson
CEO, Economic Regulation Authority

Greg has over 20 years of experience as an economist in the public sector, working across a wide range of areas including utility regulation, competition policy, education policy, welfare policy and macroeconomic forecasting.  Greg has been the CEO of the ERA since 2010.

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Ms Deidre Willmott
CEO, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of WA

Deidre Willmott has been Chief Executive Officer of the Chamber of Commerce & Industry
of Western Australia since March 2014. Previously she was a lawyer and has held a numberof high profile roles in industry and government.

Deidre has many years experience in policy and advocacy on behalf of business. From 2006 to 2008, Deidre was the Executive Director Policy at CCI. In this role she was instrumental in driving changes in the Liquor Licencing Act to allow small bars. She also led the campaign for extended retail trading hours.

Other roles have included Chief of Staff to Premiers Richard Court and Colin Barnett,
Cabinet Secretary, General Manager of the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games
Organising Committee and Director External Relations at Fortescue Metals Group.