Tasmanian businesses are encouraged to have their say on red tape Wed 18 July 2012 Mark Kelleher Secretary, Department of Economic Development, Tourism and the Arts Tasmanian businesses are encouraged to have their say through an online 'red-tape reduction' survey released this week. The Secretary of the Department of Economic Development, Tourism and the Arts, Mark Kelleher, said the survey is the most comprehensive effort to address red tape in many years, and is a key part of the Tasmanian Government's Compliance Burden Review. "The department has listened to business operators in Tasmania and understands that an area of concern is the time taken to comply with regulations from all levels of government," Mr Kelleher said. "We want to accurately establish the nature and size of the regulatory compliance burden, often referred to as 'red tape', including looking at processes, forms and time concerns for business. "The survey findings will help target action in priority sectors to improve efficiency, simplify processes and cut duplication for Tasmanian businesses." Mr Kelleher said through the Economic Development Plan's Small Business Strategy, a number of other initiatives would help to improve Tasmania's business operating environment. "A key initiative of the Small Business Strategy is Business Tasmania Online, which will provide online training modules, forums and interactive toolkits," Mr Kelleher said. "Far from taking up valuable time and costing a fortune, digital channels and tools increase profit and reduce time spent doing the bookwork." The Red Tape Survey will be open until 3 August and will take about 15 minutes to complete. The survey is available at the Business Point website: www.tasredtapesurvey.com.au For further information on the survey, contact the Department of Economic Development, Tourism and the Arts' Filippo De Cesare on 03 6233 5759.