Streamline WA

Making it easier to do business in Western Australia through better regulation.

 

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Streamline WA is a whole of government initiative to make it easier to do business in WA by improving regulation and regulatory practice. Launched on 6 December 2018, Streamline WA is a WA Government initiative to deliver better services and outcomes for Western Australians.

More effective regulation

Effective regulation supports innovation, investments and protects our community and environment, but regulation that is ineffective can increase the costs and difficulties of doing business.

We want to improve the way we develop and apply regulation in WA, to ensure that:

  • Western Australians are confident that risks are well managed
  • Regulatory requirements are clear and easy to understand
  • Our decision making addresses risks and focuses on outcomes
  • Our decision making is timely and transparent
  • We apply regulation consistently, and reduce overlap and duplication
  • We adopt a customer focused approach to service delivery
  • Government information, applications and processes are available online for maximum efficiency

By making regulation more effective, Streamline WA will encourage investment, make it easier to do business and create more jobs in Western Australia.

Streamline WA Steering Committee

Streamline WA is led by a Steering Committee. The Committee works closely with regulatory and economic development government agencies through the Council of Regulators, to provide a peak collaborative forum for modernising and streamlining regulation, regulatory practices, and timeframes.

Council of Regulators

The Council of Regulators was established by the Premier on 27 May 2021 to play a stewardship role in regulatory reform for Western Australia. The Council of Regulators work closely with the Streamline WA Steering Committee so that there is a free exchange of ideas about opportunities for improvement.

The members consists of:

  • Richard Sellers, (Chair), Director General, Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety
  • Michelle Andrews, (Deputy Chair),  Director General, Department of Water and Environmental Regulation 
  • Rebecca Brown, Director General,  Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation
  • Mark Webb, Director General, Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions
  • Jodi Cant, Director General,  Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage
  • Ralph Addis, Director General, Department of Primary Industries and Development
  • David Eaton, Small Business Commissioner, Small Business Development Corporation
  • Lanie Chopping, Director General, Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries

Approvals Reform

On 21 July 2021, Government announced a $120 million investment to streamline Western Australia’s approvals system, allocating additional approvals frontline and reform officers.  This package will speed up project approvals and support the delivery of Streamline WA reform initiatives.

Existing Initiatives

In July 2020, the Government announced a series of new initiatives to accelerate action to streamline approval processes and further regulatory reform to aid economic recovery post COVID-19. The initiatives draw on Streamline WA’s existing work with industry including Mining and Environmental Approvals and a Review of Tourist Attraction approvals over 2019 and 2020.

Together with recent planning and environmental legislative reforms in 2020, the initiatives address whole of government issues raised by the mining, tourism and hospitality sectors, and are designed to assist with cultural change, clarify expectations and improve proponent experience.  They aim to:

  • support digital transformation and online service delivery
  • ease the administrative load on businesses and Government;
  • improve and modernise parts of the legal framework; and
  • strengthen cross sector collaboration.

The seven immediate initiatives are: 
1.    Approvals WA (Online One Stop Shop centralised at wa.gov.au)
2.    Clear guidance
3.    Reduced reporting burden 
4.    Build common understanding
5.    Strengthen case management support
6.    Statements of Expectation
7.    Performance measurement

The Government also announced additional initiatives to:
8.    Expand the Small Business Friendly Approvals Project to an additional 20 local governments; and
9.    Introduce legislative amendments to simplify decision-making and improve efficiency across four statutes for mining, tourism and other developments. 

Further information about the Streamline WA reforms, and other government reforms is provided as follows:

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Page reviewed 16 September 2021