Retailers in Australia have joined industry leaders in welcoming the Abbott Government’s decision to dedicate one full sitting day to repeal redundant legislation and red tape.

On January 13, the Australian government announced it was planning to hold a ‘Repeal Day’ on March 26, 2014. This session will see MPs working to reduce the burden of red tape and regulations that are outdated and irrelevant.

Australian Retailers Association (ARA) Executive Director Russell Zimmerman released a statement on January 14 commending the action.

“Red tape is impending Australian retailers. We hope the Abbott government uses this day to repeal redundant laws that impeded retailers from doing business,” he said.

Mr Zimmerman highlighted two examples of outdated laws that often frustrate and complicate business for retailers in Australia.

“A law that is still enforced and impacts businesses requires them to tag and test all electrical products every 12 months, including mobile phone chargers which produces low level 12 volts,” he said.

Additionally, regulation in Victoria states only licensed electricians may change a light bulb, which can impose unnecessary expenses on businesses which are inevitably passed on to consumers in the form of higher prices for products and services.

“Australian retailers have been conveying a consistent message to the Government that there needs to be an urgent and significant reduction in regulation to improve Australia’s productivity and competitiveness,” Mr Zimmerman said.

The ARA hopes all state and local governments will follow the example of the US congress, which meets regularly to review and repeal red tape. This enables American retailers to ‘get on with the job of doing business’.

”Dedicating Parliamentary sitting days to repealing regulation is certainly a step in the right direction and highlights the Coalition’s’ commitment of cutting $1 billion in red tape each year to benefit retailers,” Mr Zimmerman concluded.

Until the unnecessary red tape is repealed, it is important for Australian retailers to ensure they are fully aware of the requirements and regulations they are expected to follow to avoid being closed for non-compliance.

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