The common-sense decision to slash green tape on major project approvals will make it easier for businesses to protect the environment, invest and get job creating projects off the ground, Business Council chief executive Jennifer Westacott said.
“We applaud the decision today by Ministers Sussan Ley and Ben Morton to reduce the unnecessary overlap in environmental regulation between all layers of government as part of the federal government’s ongoing deregulation efforts.
“This helps remove one of the handbrakes on growth and job creation, especially in regional Australia.
“Business has long advocated for a reduction in green tape duplication and delays. Today’s changes will save $60 million a year in reduced green tape costs and make it easier for business to navigate environmental assessments.
“By reducing delays, duplication and costs, business has the increased certainty it needs to make major investment decisions and get on with powering a private sector led recovery.
“Importantly, the changes recognise that protecting the environment, major project approvals and creating jobs are not mutually exclusive.
“We thank Environment Minister Ley and Mr Morton, the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister and Cabinet, for working with business to reduce unnecessary green tape.’’