Better Approvals Project to support small businesses

The Central Goldfields Shire Council has implemented a “streamlined and simplified” permit approvals process thanks to a new program.

The State Government’s Better Approvals Project, now in place at over 50 councils across the state, will see a suite of reforms to be introduced to improve the customer experience for small businesses.

Central Goldfields Shire manager statutory services James Maw said the program will help cut red tape for small businesses across the shire.

“The program will result in a permanent support function, which will act as a single point of contact for people looking to start or expand existing businesses and this includes a concurrent process involving all aspects of growing or starting a business,” he said.

“The other part of the program is that council’s website has had a complete overhaul and we’ve created a whole collection of online application forms which cuts down the process around paperwork because they are emailed directly for assessment.

“We’ve also created a self- assessment tool which is a series of basic questions for anyone who is looking at starting a new business, they can fill it out in about five minutes and it will give them clear advice on what kind of permits they may need.”

For more on this story see Page 4 of The Advertiser, Tuesday, June 23

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