Victoria Minister for Small Business Jaala Pulford
Backing Ballarat Businesses And Slashing Red Tape
Victor P Taffa
Thousands of businesses in Ballarat will benefit from more streamlined services and less red tape thanks to a new partnership between the Victorian Small Business Commission and the City of Ballarat.
Minister for Small Business Jaala Pulford congratulated the Ballarat council for its commitment to local business operators and their workers after Mayor Ben Taylor signed the Small Business Friendly Council charter. Some 41 local councils across the state are now on board with the program.
“We’re making sure our small business operators have the support they need to make it through the pandemic this is an important step that will save many businesses time and money.” Minister for Small Business Jaala Pulford said.
Launched in May 2019, the charter was backed by the Victorian Government as a way to increase support for small businesses with councils committing to pay bills within 30 days, support local business networks and streamline business approvals.
“Ballarat has a lot to offer businesses and signing on to the Small Business Friendly Council is one of many steps we’re taking to turn our city into a world-class business and industry hub.” City of Ballarat Mayor Ben Taylor said.
City of Ballarat has also completed the Government’s Better Approvals Project to drive changes to the permit approvals process saving small businesses time, money and stress when starting or expanding. This initiative has delivered a 73 % reduction in average approval times on multiple permit applications across the state.
“I’m really pleased that Ballarat City Council is making the Small Business Friendly pledge and committing to work with us to respond to local needs and help local businesses to prosper.” Victorian Small Business Commissioner Judy O’Connell said.
“Ballarat businesses deserve every chance to grow and cutting red tape is a simple but significant step.” Member for Wendouree Juliana Addison said.
“Small businesses are the backbone of our workforce this is a win for workers across Ballarat.” Member for Buninyong Michaela Settle said.
There are more than 8,500 small businesses in the City of Ballarat and the Victorian Government has delivered more than $12.5 Million in Business Support Fund grants and around $3.85 Million in payroll tax refunds to businesses in the region to help them ride out the coronavirus pandemic.