Better Approvals system to get new businesses up and running sooner

Published on 04 February 2020

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Setting up a new business or expanding an existing one in Corangamite Shire has just got a whole lot easier.

Manager Growth and Engagement Rory Neeson said the Council has set up a new business liaison service to help guide applicants through each step of the process.

Called Better Approvals, the new, simplified process involves a personal relationship with a single “go-to” person, so applicants don’t have to start again with each different department.

“Sometimes, complex regulations can be confusing for applicants. Having one familiar face to deal with, and a single online application form covering multiple permits, can help make the process faster and easier,” Mr Neeson said.

“Often delays are caused when an applicant submits an application that is missing information, or with not enough detail.

“By working with them from the start, we can identify any issues with permits early on, so applicants don’t lose time—and money—before they can get on with their business.

“Now they can apply for all business permits at one time, on one form, on their smartphone.

“The processes will all happen at the same time, rather than one after the other.”

The Better Approvals Project is part of a statewide initiative to reduce the regulatory burden on small business and improve permit approvals times.

“The aim is to reduce the time and money small businesses spend while they’re first setting up or expanding,” Mr Neeson said.

“Better approvals will allow us to provide better customer service and strengthen our local economy by being an ‘investment friendly’ Shire.”

A video explaining Better Approvals can be found on our YouTube channel.

For more information, click here or call us on 5593 7100.