Additional economic benefits of $ 3.1 billion are expected to be realized over the next decade across New South Wales as a result of the continued adoption of many initiatives introduced during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Treasurer Matt Kean said most of the temporary regulations introduced to support businesses and individuals due to COVID-19 have proven to be both popular and effective and, after consultation and evaluation, it made sense to keep them.
“From allowing greater use of food trucks and dark kitchens, to giving workers more flexibility in how they take long-term leave – these measures have provided the additional support that many businesses needed during COVID-19, ”Mr. Kean said.
“By keeping these changes, we allow more paper-based processes to be handled digitally, more remote meetings, more flexibility for home operations and to keep people in their jobs.”
“The analysis shows that the net economic benefit over 10 years, as a result of these regulatory reforms, is $ 3.1 billion in flexibility and time savings, with increased flexibility in long-term leave for employees. workers who provide $ 1.9 billion. “
Planning and Public Spaces Minister Rob Stokes said the planning system has been a catalyst for productivity and growth during the pandemic.
“The disruption of the pandemic allowed us to experiment with how the planning system can work better to boost productivity. We now guarantee these benefits in perpetuity, ”said Mr. Stokes.
“We know that the pandemic has spurred new ways of living, working and playing, and the planning system must support these changes and enable our communities to live better lives.”
NSW Productivity Commissioner Peter Achterstraat AM recommended in his white paper this year that temporary measures put in place in the aftermath of COVID be evaluated for their sustainability.
Earlier this year, the NSW government agreed to extend temporary COVID-19 regulatory reforms for 12 months, assess reforms and retain those proven to have an advantage. net public, ”said Achterstraat.
“It is now proven that many changes have positive effects. This is how good regulatory reform works – having an experimental and flexible approach to regulation can bring positive change for the community.
Temporary changes made permanent include:
- More flexibility for strata owner corporations, community land associations and incorporated associations to meet and vote electronically;
- Allow digital display of planning documents;
- Allow planning commissions and the Independent Planning Commission to hold public hearings and meetings online or in person;
- Allowing licensed low-risk establishments, including restaurants and cafes, to sell take-out and door-to-door alcohol under the Liquor Control Act 2007, subject to limitations including purchase with a meals and restrictions on the amount purchased;
- Greater flexibility for employees and companies to access long-term leave under the Long-Term Leave Act of 1955; and
- Allow audio link or audiovisual link to conduct remote interviews and questions under Fisheries Management Act 1994, Mining Act 1992, Mining Protection Operations Act Environment of 1997, the Biodiversity Conservation Act of 2016, the Crown Land Management Act of 2016 and the Water Management Act of 2000.
The NSW Productivity Commission white paper can be read here: productivity.nsw.gov.au / white-paper
More information available here: planning.nsw.gov.au/COVID19