ACT opposition treasurer Brendan Smyth. Photo: Karleen Minney
A government website where businesses can complain about red tape had four submissions in its first six months, the Canberra Liberals say.
Opposition shadow treasurer Brendan Smyth says the ACT government is not working hard enough to cut red tape, despite the establishment of a government panel last year to address the problem.
The government said on Sunday its red-tape reduction bill had passed the Assembly last month and Mr Smyth was ''more interested in scoring political points than offering any meaningful input to assist the private sector''.
The 2012-13 economic development directorate annual report shows the red tape reduction panel met five times in 12 months.
Mr Smyth said the panel had implemented just three measures to help reduce red tape, one of which was the new Fix My Red Tape website, where businesses can give feedback on issues related to red tape. The site was launched in January and the opposition said responses to a question on notice in the Legislative Assembly showed the website had received just four submissions to June this year.
Of those submissions, some did not even relate to red tape, and on each of the matters no action to reduce red tape had been taken.
The economic development directorate report lists longer licence terms for business activities and the removal of the requirement for registration labels for motor vehicles as the two other reforms this year to reduce red tape.
''They say they've set up a red tape feedback website and they've removed rego labelling for light vehicles,'' Mr Smyth said.
''A red-tape feedback website that nobody uses and no action was taken. It's ridiculous.''
Mr Smyth questioned the government's efforts to to reduce red tape when its panel of Canberra business leaders had met only five times in 12 months. ''They should get serious,'' he said. ''You'd have to question what they've achieved if they've only got those three initiatives.
''As occurs so often, it's all talk and no action.''
However, Economic Development Minister Andrew Barr said the government was working with the private sector and there had been several reviews across government agencies to alleviate the burden for businesses.
Mr Barr said changes included longer licence terms, and reviewing the police checks and signage rules for businesses to make them simpler.
He said individuals and businesses were making use of the red-tape website.
''The government is actively seeking the input of local businesses on cutting red tape,'' Mr Barr said.
''Is Mr Smyth suggesting that the government shouldn't listen to local businesses, and shouldn't provide a forum to discuss cutting red tape?''
Mr Barr said the government was also introducing a range of changes in the community sector.
He said that included lifting the threshold at which an organisation requires an audit and ensuring that charities no longer have to duplicate requirements they had already met through the Australian Charities and Not-For-Profits Commission.
Mr Barr said this meant organisations could ''shift resources used for administrative functions to front-line service delivery''.