Small businesses to open earlier with help of one-stop service

GOOD FOR BUSINESS: Woodberry Views Cafe licensee Terry Jones gives feedback to state and federal politicians on how the cutting of red tape made it easier to set up his cafe in Winston Hills.
GOOD FOR BUSINESS: Woodberry Views Cafe licensee Terry Jones gives feedback to state and federal politicians on how the cutting of red tape made it easier to set up his cafe in Winston Hills.

SMALL businesses can now open in a few months instead of 18 to 24 months due to the cutting of red tape by the NSW and Australian governments.

A new business registration service has been created by the Australian government, and it will work in conjunction with Service NSW’s Easy To Do Business system so people can go to one spot to sort out everything they need to start their small business.

The Easy To Do Business program has helped cafe, bar and restaurants in Parramatta, where it was first trialed, and is starting to be taken on board by other Sydney councils.

NSW Finance Minister Victor Dominello said the partnership will deliver great outcomes and opportunities for small businesses.

“In NSW, we always heard small businesses struggle with red tape because they don’t have much time and resources, but if we can make it simpler for them to cut through the red tape, then we can get them to what they should be doing – employing people and making money,” Mr Dominello said.

“We set up Easy To Do Business, which is a one-stop shop and you get a personal concierge to walk you through how to set up your business.

“We did that through the state government and some local councils. I spoke to Craig to work with the federal government so we can align all three tiers of government in a seamless process.”

Australia’s Assistant Industry, Innovation and Sciene Minister Craig Laundy said the service will be rolled out in other states and territories and also help businesses in other industries fast-track their progress.

“Someone coming onto one website, doing everything they need in a timely fashion, opening that business now in two months. Prior to this initiative of us working with the NSW government, [it would have taken] 18 months,” Mr Laundy said.

“What that means is 16 months of training, hopefully 16 more months of profit, and 16 more months of employing people.

“That means more jobs, and more wages being spent in the local economy, giving a multiplier effect on the local economies.”

Woodberry Views Cafe licensee Terry Jones started his business with Service NSW’s Easy To Do Business, and said it was a convenient way to set up his cafe in Winston Hills.

“I just filled out a form online and then it just started from there. I started in November [2016] and council did its final inspection in March, and a lot of that time was taken up by doing a certification course,” he said.

“Anecdotally, I heard stories where people took up to two years, but it probably depends on the council area you’re in.

“There was a bit of confusion about councils after amalgamations, but because I did through Service NSW it didn’t bother me.”

If it took him two years, Mr Jones admitted he may have not got his business up and running. 

“I wouldn’t have thought so, the flame would go out after a while,” he said.

“I expected to take quite a while, but it was actually fast.

“If it’s made easier [to start a business], you will find more of them [cafes, bars and restaurants] pop up and the more the merrier.

“If it’s easy, it encourages people to go and do it.”

People can find out more information at www.business.gov.au/for-government/streamlining-business-registration/business-registration-service-beta.