New South Wales has appointed Australia's first cross-border Commissioner, a role designed to help communities and businesses who live near State borders and therefore need to comply with differing regulations in each state.
As mentioned in this ABC Radio report about the new Commissioner, businesses that operate near State borders need to register their business name in each State, may need different qualifications in each State and may even have different regulations governing their activities.
New South Wales Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner told ABC Radio the role of the Commissioner is to consult with those who live and work near borders and bring their frustrations to the attention of the State government along with recommendations on how to fix any problems. One of the issues Stoner feels may arise is that New South Wales may be a more costly place to do business than its neighbours, and that consultation with border-hugging businesses might yield ideas to make the State more competitive and hospitable to business.
Stoner is a member of the National Party and appointment of a Commissioner was an election promise.