Victoria's new red tape commissioner John Lloyd has started work, charged with waging a war on red tape to boost productivity and reduce costs for Victorian businesses.
Treasurer Kim Wells said the Victorian Coalition Government has a comprehensive program to reduce red tape by 25 per cent.
"The Coalition Government is committed to removing unnecessary barriers hindering the productivity of Victorian businesses," Mr Wells said.
"Our red tape reduction program is on track to deliver more than half a billion dollars in annual benefits to the Victorian economy by reducing or removing unnecessary requirements or restrictions imposed by red tape.
"John Lloyd's appointment will help us take the next step in our regulation reform agenda.
"One of Mr Lloyd's first jobs will be to consult with the business community to identify a priority list of high impact actions," Mr Wells said.
Mr Lloyd brings extensive experience to his new role, having formerly been the Australian Building and Construction Commissioner, Deputy Secretary of the Commonwealth Department of Employment and Workplace Relations and Senior Deputy President of the Australian Industrial Relations Commission.
Most recently he was engaged as the director of the Work Reform and Productivity Unit at the Institute of Public Affairs.
"Mr Lloyd's experience working with state governments makes him well placed to identify opportunities to deliver regulatory reform," Mr Wells said.
Mr Wells said the Coalition Government had already made significant inroads in cutting red tape through significant zoning reform to allow more 'as of right' development in commercial and industrial zones.
"These changes also make it easier for new developments, especially smaller supermarkets," Mr Wells said.
"We are also in the process of amending native vegetation clearing regulations to ensure information requirements and other obligations are equal to the impacts of the proposal."