The Queensland Government recognises the importance of streamlining regulation to make it easier to do business. To do this, the Queensland Small Business Advisory Council has established the Better Regulation Taskforce as a sub-committee to provide advice to government on improving regulation to support small business, to create a strong, profitable and globally competitive business environment. The Taskforce assumes the work of the former Red Tape Reduction Advisory Council.

The Taskforce has the responsibility for:

  • analysing regulatory issues which inhibit small business growth, impose a significant regulatory burden on small business, or create barriers to business entry in Queensland, with regard to all industry sectors and in comparison with other Australian jurisdictions
  • providing advice and recommendations to address unnecessary regulation and red tape impacting on small business
  • identifying new initiatives, reform projects or activities which could assist in streamlining government processes impacting on small business growth
  • reporting to the Queensland Small Business Advisory Council and the Queensland Government with recommendations on improving regulation across at least 3 industry sectors each year.

In 2018, the Taskforce undertook a review of the impact of new technologies on the regulatory system. The report was presented to the Queensland Government in December 2018 for consideration and response.


The members of the Better Regulation Taskforce are:

  • Ms Maree Adshead, Queensland Small Business Champion (Chair)
  • Mr Craig Fenton, PriceWaterhouseCoopers
  • Ms Kate Whittle, Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland
  • Mr Grant Field, MGI South Queensland
  • Ms Leanne Kemp, Queensland Chief Entrepreneur
  • Ms Janelle Kerrisk, Helix Legal.

Better Regulation Taskforce Report 2017

In 2017, the Taskforce undertook a review of the regulatory environment of the eco-tourism, live music entertainment and start-up sectors. The Queensland Government’s response to the recommendations in the report, including a whole-of-government action plan for how the response will be delivered, has been released and is being implemented.

Red Tape Reduction Advisory Council Report 2016

The Red Tape Reduction Advisory Council Report 2016 outlined the findings and recommendations of a review, undertaken by the former Red Tape Reduction Advisory Council, to identify government compliance issues impacting on small businesses in the agriculture (fruit growing), manufacturing (light metals) and hospitality (cafes and restaurants) industries.

The majority of actions under  Queensland Government's response to the report have now been implemented.

Last updated 27 March 2019

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