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From Red Tape to Smart Tape

Administrative Simplification in OECD Countries

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“Too much red tape” is a common complaint from businesses and citizens in OECD countries. This report analyses proven approaches commonly adopted by governments to reduce and streamline  administrative procedures like one-stop shops (physical and electronic), simplification of permits and licence procedures, time limits for decision-making, methods to measure administrative burdens, regulatory-compliance assistance for small and medium-size companies, and increasing reliance on IT-based solutions.

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Administrative Simplification in Australia

The focus of administrative simplification and burden reduction programmes has tended to shift over time in Australia, from an initial concern with information provision, towards a process re-engineering approach, followed by an emphasis on technologically driven projects. The reduction of red tape on small businesses has also received special attention over the last years. Specialised regulatory reform bodies and central agency policy groups have a strong record in driving initiative, while extra-governmental reform advisory ...

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