The Economic Regulation Authority has called for submissions after releasing nine recommendations in its draft report on the Inquiry into reform of business licensing in WA.

The business licensing reform inquiry is aimed at identifying opportunities to improve business licensing arrangements generally, and priority areas for reform.

The draft report has identified three main problems across 700 different State Government business licensing schemes, which are run by 43 state government agencies.

These include a lack of consistent culture across regulatory agencies, no consistent framework for managing licensing schemes and no central register for all schemes.

“There is evidence that unnecessary or inadequate licensing creates economic costs and inefficiencies,” the report says.

The draft report identifies common or significant problems in the way regulatory agencies manage state government business licences and outlines the ERA’s recommendations to address these problems.

CCI put forward a submission in April and would now like to hear from businesses on the draft report. Contact Senior Economist Daniel Norrie at Daniel.Norrie@cciwa.com or (08) 9365 7782.

Treasurer Ben Wyatt asked the ERA to undertake the inquiry into reform of State Government business and occupational licensing in November last year, with the final report due to be handed to Wyatt on February 22 next year.

To lodge a submission in response to the draft report visit https://www.erawa.com.au/consultation.

Submissions close at 4pm on November 30.