Western Australia

Red tape burden eased for WA eco-tourism operators

Eco-tourism operators in Western Australia can now start and run their businesses more easily thanks to the Eco and Nature-Based Tourism Regulatory Mapping and Reform Project.

The project was jointly delivered by the Western Australian Treasury and the Commonwealth-led National Business Simplification Initiative which is focussed on providing real savings to business so they can focus on growing their business and creating more jobs.

The project recommendations were developed in consultation with more than 80 eco-tourism operators and eight industry associations.

Assistant Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science Craig Laundy said eco-tourism was an important part of the Western Australian Economy.

“The tourism industry not only provides one of a kind experiences for visitors to the state of Western Australia, it is also the bread and butter for many of its residents, and supports more than 100,000 jobs in the state,” Minister Laundy said.

“More than 46 per cent of tourism spending occurs in regional and remote areas of the state. Ecotourism is a growing part of that market.

“Our tourism operators have spoken, and we have heard them loud and clear. Before they can earn a single dollar, they first have to wade through piles of regulation and provide the same information to different federal and state regulatory bodies. This takes them away from what they could be doing—showing people the wonders of the state, and generating revenue for themselves and the Australian economy.

“We are working with the Western Australian Government to streamline processes, cut red tape and make it easier to deal with government. Twenty-seven recommendations were made that will make it easier for businesses to offer tourism and adventure activities in National Parks and on Western Australian Crown land. They will also improve land and marine transport services and fishing activities. In total, these recommendations could save all eco and nature based tourism businesses in WA up to $400,000 a year.

“Every unnecessary form and time-consuming process diverts Australian businesses from getting on with the job. Projects like this will help them get straight to business.”

Source: Australian Government