Project Status Update 2018

The Draft Action Statement proposed reforms in four areas, which are expected to lead to savings of up to $131 million for small retail businesses.

Consultation with stakeholders is closed and a Final Action Statement is due to be released early this year. Sign up to follow this consultation and you'll be notified of the release as soon as it's available.

A message from the Minister for Small Business, Philip Dalidakis - 26 May 2017

Since July last year, hundreds of Victorian small business owners and advisers, franchise groups and associations have taken the time to provide us with ideas on how to reduce regulatory burden for small businesses. I would like to thank everyone for their input.

The valuable feedback we received gave us insight into the regulatory experience from a small business perspective. This helped us to develop reforms that focus on what matters most to small business. The Government has already started to implement reforms identified through this review, including changes to payroll tax which were announced in the Victorian Budget 2017/18.

I’m now pleased to release the Draft Action Statement for the retail sector, which is the first review undertaken as part of Government’s Small Business Regulation Review program. It proposes reform in four areas:

  • Make it easier to discover what is needed to start and grow a business
  • Reduce the time taken for approvals
  • Make it easier to understand and comply with food safety regulation
  • Make retail leases fairer and easier to understand.

I welcome your feedback on the draft reforms. Your views will inform the final reform package.

The Draft Action Statement is now available and Victorians are encouraged to submit their feedback by 23 June 2017.

Cover of Draft Action Statement showing retailers standing in front of their shop.