Government searches for fishy red tape

The federal government is calling for submissions from businesses operating in the fisheries and aquaculture sectors on how to streamline regulations governing the sector.

The federal government is calling for submissions from businesses operating in the fisheries and aquaculture sectors on how to streamline regulations governing the sector.

“The Productivity Commission has today released an issues paper outlining key issues for the sector – and I certainly hope that this will stimulate further discussion with industry and any interested parties,” said Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Anne Ruston.

“With a gross production value of $2.6 billion, Australia’s fisheries and aquaculture industry is in good shape and continues to grow. We can leverage that growth by cutting down unnecessary and duplicative regulation.”

According to Senator Ruston, the aim of the Productivity Commission paper is to identify ways to increase productivity in the sector by cutting red tape without compromising existing standards on food safety and environmental management.

“The issues paper looks at areas where opportunity exists to improve – like coordination between jurisdictions, unnecessary overlap and the resulting cumulative impact on business,” she said.

“Any business, organisation or individual with an interest in marine fisheries and aquaculture should consider providing a submission to the inquiry.”

Submissions can be made via the Productivity Commission website by 31 March 2016. The commission will then report back to the government on its findings later in the year.

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