Making it easier to do business in Dubbo

Media release | 28 April 2017

Small businesses in Dubbo will benefit from the expansion of a highly successful NSW Government program that reduces red tape and makes it easier to start cafes, restaurants and small bars.

The Easy to do Business program has already had great success in a Parramatta pilot, reducing the time taken to start a business from an average 18 months to just three months.

Easy to do Business is a joint initiative between Service NSW, the Office of the NSW Small Business Commissioner, NSW Customer Service Commissioner and local councils.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Small Business, John Barilaro, said the program removed barriers and obstacles involved in starting a small business in Regional NSW.

“For many businesses one of the biggest challenges they face is navigating all the rules and regulations, and too often plans are slowed down by unnecessary red tape and bureaucracy,” Mr Barilaro said.

“This program is helping small businesses by replacing 30 government forms with a single online application, connecting them with a case manager and almost halving the amount of duplicated information customers were previously required to provide.”

Minister for Finance Services and Property, Victor Dominello, said the program delivers a onestop shop for small business, dramatically reducing the paperwork.

“Rapid growth in digital technology provides an opportunity for government to make life easier for prospective small business owners in Regional NSW,” Mr Dominello said.

Member for Dubbo and Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Troy Grant, said small businesses are an essential part of the region’s economy.

“Anything that makes it easier for owners to start or grow their business is very welcome. The Easy to do Business program is sure to enliven the growing range of cafes and restaurants we have as well as motivate anyone who is thinking about starting a new business.”

Plans are also underway to expand the program beyond restaurants and cafes to include four other business sectors - clothing retail, housing construction, print and road freight.

Further information on the program go to www.service.nsw.gov.au

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