Govt seeks to modernise business registers

By Dylan Bushell-Embling
Thursday, 10 August, 2017

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The federal government has launched a consultation on ways to modernise business registers to improve their usability.

The consultation is being conducted as part of the National Business Simplification Initiative, which is designed to streamline the process of business interacting with all levels of government.

A team of staff from five agencies and the Digital Transformation Agency is conducting user research into business registers to inform the development and testing of future prototypes, and is encouraging interested parties to share their views on all aspects of business registries.

These aspects include the user experience, opportunities to deliver improved business services, open data, accessibility, technology, governance and legislation.

Minister for Revenue and Financial Services Kelly O’Dwyer said modernising business registers will remove barriers to new business creation.

“We want to help businesses to focus on doing business, to save time and money and to minimise complicated government processes and regulations at all levels of government,” she said. “This is about making it simpler to do business and helping existing businesses to grow.”

The consultation team will also work with the Black Economy Taskforce, which is working on proposals to strengthen the integrity of the Australian Business Number system and other possible black economy reforms.

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