There could be more jobs created in the Australian state of Victoria in the mining sector due to reforms that aim to cut red tape.

The mining, oil and gas sectors are popular with expat workers whose expertise is often needed, but Victoria has been regarded as lagging behind other regions.


Victoria state government has announced it will spend $31.7 million over the next four years on programmes designed to build and sustain its mining industry​

New South Wales and Queensland with their massive coalfields and copper gold deposits attract a lot of foreign workers, as does Western Australia to its iron ore projects. Also, South Australia and the Northern Territory with their uranium deposits as well as high copper levels have attracted a high number of mega projects and created tens of thousands of jobs.

Even Tasmania, Australia's greenest state, has been seen as more favourable to mining in recent years than Victoria which was ranked the worst for all Australian states by the global Fraser Institute survey in terms of how mining companies rated government regulation and ease of doing business.

Now the Victorian state government has announced it will spend $31.7 million over the next four years on programmes designed to build and sustain its mining industry. Some 36 red tape reforms are underway aimed at benefitting many sectors of the economy.

Minister for State Development Peter Ryan said the aim is to attract more business to the state. For mining this means cutting costs, streamlining the mining application process and offering up crown land for rehabilitation purposes.

Current bond requirements for mining which require 100% of the money upfront, meaning costs can run into the millions of dollars, will be slashed to 50% during the startup phase of new mining and quarrying projects where the risk of default is low.

In addition the government also plans to introduce a cash bond for individual bonds up to $100,000 as an alternative to bank guarantees.

The mining exploration licence system is to be moved online in a bid to make it more efficient and user friendly as well as saving money.

'Cutting red tape encourages business investment in Victoria and the removal of these 22 unnecessary regulations will contribute to delivering more than $715 million in red tape savings to Victorian businesses and the wider economy,' said State Treasurer Michael O'Brien.

Also, within the building industry, there will be an increase in the acceptable maximum average height for walls constructed on or near a boundary without the need to apply for a council permit, saving builders and home owner's time and money.

The hospitality sector will see the removal of an unnecessary regulation that requires liquor licensees to apply for approval to hold alcohol free underage concerts on licensed premises, while other processes, including those around hosting live music, will be simplified.

Retail will also benefit with the lifting of the restriction on the sale of plastic knives to adults under the age of 18, reducing staffing requirements and unnecessary packaging.