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COAG Seamless National Economy Reform Agenda

The Queensland Government is committed to the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) agenda to reduce costs incurred by business in complying with differing and inconsistent regulation across jurisdictions.

In December 2008, the Queensland Government, along with other Australian jurisdictions, committed to the National Partnership Agreement to Deliver a Seamless National Economy. Under this agreement, Queensland is implementing regulatory and competition reforms in over 36 key areas to improve the efficiency and inter-jurisdictional harmonisation of the regulatory environment.

Key reforms delivered on a national level include the Australian Consumer Law, the product safety reform, and the Standard Business Reporting reform. In the coming years, substantial benefits will flow from the introduction of a national uniform occupational health and safety law, a national Australian Business Names system and the National Occupational Licensing System.

The Queensland Government is committed to meeting its remaining commitments under the Seamless National Economy reforms over the next 12 to 18 months. These reforms are important to Queensland as they will harmonise regulation across jurisdictions and drive productivity growth in our State and across Australia.

The Government is also looking forward to further national harmonisation and simplification in 2012 and beyond.  Work has begun on identifying the next round of national regulatory reforms. COAG is currently consulting with stakeholders to identify specific areas where harmonisation and simplification can deliver significant net benefits to business and the Australian economy.

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Last reviewed 26 November 2013