BALLARAT businessman John King has hired an additional 10 employees to cope with the building industry’s increasing red tape.
Mr King, of JG King Homes, estimates complicated regulations have cost his business an extra $1 million.
“I’m a big supporter of cutting red tape,” he said.
Mr King was one of several businessmen who helped symbolically “bin” red tape yesterday on the Ballarat Town Hall steps with Victoria’s Red Tape Commissioner John Lloyd.
Mr Lloyd, appointed in March, said he had found there was “an immense amount of red tape at every turn”.
“A small business person might be very assiduous and particular but they still wouldn’t be able to comply with all the red tape,” Mr Lloyd said.
“It comes from federal, state and local government.”
Mr Lloyd said he had already submitted 50 one-page briefs to Deputy Premier Peter Ryan.
“We’ve had a look at various regulations and how to get rid of them.
“Every government says it’s going to get rid of red tape but they usually fail because it’s done internally and businesses are not in the loop.”
Regional Development Australia Grampians chairman Stuart Benjamin said the time and money spent by business and the community dealing with excessive red tape was an unnecessary burden.
He said the RDA’s Red Tape Rubbish Bin initiative would allow businesses to devote more energy towards investment and job creation.
“We can’t promise to solve all the red tape issues but we do promise to bring them to the attention of the Victorian government,” Mr Benjamin said.
An RDA Grampians website, www.redtaperubbishbin.com.au, provides the opportunity for regional businesses to easily submit red tape issues directly to Mr Lloyd’s office.