For many a small business, wading through various procedures and regulations can be difficult and frustrating.
That's the opinion of small business advocate for the Office of the Coordinator-General Stuart Clues, who serves as a cutter of red tape for small businesses encountering issues with regulatory bodies.
"My job is to try and level the playing field so that small businesses have someone they can go to whenever they have an issue associated with a government entity or one of the utilities such as TasNetworks or TasWater," Mr Clues said.
"When small businesses finds a problem, it seems insurmountable but with the assistance of the Office of the Coordinator-General, we're happy to intervene and try to find a resolution as quickly as possible."
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Mr Clues said government regulatory entities deal with numerous cases which can result in businesses waiting, and often spending, a lot of time and money while a decision is deliberated.
"If they've [small business owner] got a situation where they're being delayed in their opening or can't get their crop in the ground then for them it's a make or break," he said.
"For the government entity, it's just one of the number of cases they're dealing with and our role is to intervene and try to get some priority focus on those cases where the business is really struggling."
Numerous regulatory entities don't have a statutory time frame in which they need to respond to an application, this is something Mr Clues said needs changing.
"What I'm advocating for is that all government agencies should have time frames imposed upon them to create a good service-standard culture and you don't have a situation where people are having to beg to have their case prioritised," he said.
"It should be the matter can be resolved in 40, 60 or 90 days but they have a time frame they can work towards, and if that isn't met they can hold that agency accountable."
If they've [small business owner] got a situation where they're being delayed in their opening or can't get their crop in the ground then for them it's a make or break.Stuart Clues
The Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry cited local government reform of Tasmania's 29 councils as something that needs to be attended to for Tasmania's economy to continue to grow.
"As a small business advocate, I would argue that there are too many councils," Mr Clues said.
"What you're seeing is a number of councils that are doing their best to try and share resources and get the benefits of amalgamating without actually necessarily amalgamating."
Small business owners can contact the Office of the Coordinator General by visiting stategrowth.tas.gov.au or calling 6777 2808.