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More jobs likely in nature-based tourism industry in parts of Australia

by Ray Clancy on March 21, 2017

in Australia Travel

A reduction in red tape could create more jobs in the fast growing nature-based tourism sector in Australia, according to a joint media release with the Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, the Hon Steven Ciobo MP.

The Australian and Tasmanian Governments have launched a major new project to help boost investment in what Ministers described as the ‘vital’ nature based tourism sector.

The 90 day nature based tourism simplification project is part of the National Business Simplification Initiative (NBSI) and will involve both Governments working together to cut red tape and reduce duplication in legislation at state and national level
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Assistant Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science Craig Laundy said the project would identify overlapping regulatory requirements across different levels and agencies of government and recommend areas for simplification.

‘This project will save businesses time and money, allowing them to focus on their business and families, rather than on overly complex government processes and regulations,’ he explained.

‘We are supporting growth in an essential part of Tasmania’s economy. By cutting red tape and making it easier to deal with government, owners will have more time to concentrate on growing their businesses and creating new jobs,’ he added.

According to Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Steven Ciobo, the project will be of benefit to Tasmania’s $1.1 billion tourism industry. He pointed out that last year Tasmania welcomed almost 230,000 international visitors who spent an average of 15 nights on the island.

The data also shows that people from Australia spent 2.5 million overnight trips in Tasmania and overall travellers contributed almost three billion dollars to the Tasmanian economy.

‘The Government supports the tourism industry in Tasmania and this is another example of the Government easing regulatory burden on the Tasmanian nature based tourism industry,’ Ciobo added.

The NBSI is a landmark agreement to reduce the complexity of regulation for businesses and make dealings with government easier. Among early projects identified as part of the agreement the Tasmanian Government selected the nature based tourism sector as an important area where early practical reforms could be implemented.

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