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City Selected for Small Business Friendly Approvals Program

Date21 January 2021

The City of Rockingham has become one of the first local governments in Western Australia to be selected to participate in the Small Business Friendly Approvals Program. 

The program, led by the Small Business Development Corporation (SBDC), aims to streamline the process of obtaining business licences and trading permits from local government authorities.

It is part of a package of initiatives to accelerate regulatory reform to support economic recovery from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and will streamline the approvals processes for small business in areas such as health, planning and building.

The SBDC will work with 20 local government authorities to the end of 2022 to identify reform initiatives to help small businesses to start and thrive in their local areas. The City’s selection in the program comes after a competitive EOI process, and follows signing the SBDC’s Small Friendly Business Local Government Charter in mid-2020. The cities of Rockingham, Melville and Wanneroo are the first group of local authorities chosen to participate. 

Through the program, an independent facilitator will guide the City in investigating and reviewing a number of its small business application processes, ultimately making it easier to start, operate and grow a business.  

With more than 5,600 registered businesses in the City of Rockingham, Mayor Barry Sammels said the City was committed to delivering improved outcomes for the Rockingham business community. 

“The City of Rockingham is excited to partner with the SBDC to go through the Small Business Friendly Approvals Program,” Mayor Sammels said. 

We are looking forward to participating in this tailored approvals program, which will explore and challenge the current status of the small business application process. Not only will it reduce red tape, it will also cut costs and save valuable time for both emerging and established businesses.

“Importantly, our involvement in the program fulfils two key aspirations of the City’s Strategic Community Plan including actively pursuing tourism and economic development, and delivering quality leadership and business expertise.” 

Western Australia’s Small Business Commissioner and CEO of the SBDC, David Eaton, congratulated the City on its selection to the program.

“The City was chosen as one of the first local governments to participate in this program aimed at accelerating regulatory reform, due to their demonstrated commitment to improving the operating environment for their local small business community,” said Mr Eaton.

“Since joining the SBDC’s Small Business Friendly Local Governments initiative in 2020, the City of Rockingham has delivered on a range of commitments including regularly engaging with the sector to determine their needs, and making a dispute resolution process available to their small business stakeholders.”

“Through the Approvals Program, the SBDC will work closely with the local government to identify improvements and streamline the approvals process in the City of Rockingham — saving small business owners time and money and ultimately making it easier to start, operate and grow a business in the area.”

“I look forward to seeing the impact of this important local regulatory reform on accelerating the success of small businesses in the City of Rockingham.”

For more information on support available to businesses in the City of Rockingham visit Business and Investment

Image: City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels and WA Small Business Commissioner and SBDC CEO, David Eaton, are looking forward to the benefits the Small Business Approvals Program can bring to the business community. Picture: City of Rockingham. 

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