Small Business Friendly Local Government

Small Business Friendly Approvals Program - Reducing red tape

Small business is big business in the City of Melville

The City of Melville is one of the first three local governments to take part in the State Government-funded Small Business Friendly Approvals Program, led by the Small Business Development Corporation (SBDC).

The Small Business Friendly Approvals Program aims to streamline the process of obtaining business licences and trading permits from local government authorities and is part of a package of State Government initiatives to accelerate regulatory reform to support economic recovery from the impact of COVID-19.

Working with the SBDC, the City of Melville  has identified 25 reform opportunities which have been identified in Small Business Friendly Approvals Program Action Plan.

The recommended reforms are the result of an intense human centred design thinking process, in which City officers from across a number of speciality area looked deeply at our approvals processes through the customer lens with a view of reducing red tape.

The City's aim is to create real change for our small business community and make it easy for them to do business with us.

Read the complete Small Business Friendly Approvals Program Action Plan.

With the Action Plan now delivered, the City is currently working to progress the recommendations.

Small Business Commissioner and SBDC Chief Executive Officer David Eaton said he congratulated the City of Melville on their selection to the SBDC’s Small Business Friendly Approvals Program.

“The City was chosen as one of the first local governments to participate in this program aimed at accelerating regulatory reform,” Mr Eaton said.

“Since becoming an early signatory to the SBDC’s Small Business Friendly Local Governments initiative in 2017, the City of Melville has consistently demonstrated their dedication to growing their local small business community.

“This includes the establishment of their own Transformation Team which has started the process of improving online information for all their stakeholders.”

Mr Eaton said the SBDC would work closely with the City of Melville to identify further improvements and streamline the approvals process, which would save small business owners time and money.

“The City of Melville is already an attractive area for small businesses to start and grow,” said Mr Eaton.

“I look forward to seeing the impact of this program on accelerating the success of the local business sector and the reputation of the City as a great place for small business to thrive.”

Small Business Friendly Local Government

The City of Melville recognises the value and significance small businesses play in bringing many benefits to the community including employment opportunities, providing goods and services and helping both the local and regional economy to  achieve growth and prosperity.

In 2017, the City signed the Small Business Friendly Local Government Charter, to demonstrate our commitment and highlight some of the actions we undertake to be small business friendly.

The Small Business Friendly Local Governments initiative was developed by the Small Business Development Corporation the only State Government agency focused on supporting small business in Western Australia.

The City's committment to the Small Business Friendly Local Government Charter helps us to ensure we are continually improving our interaction with and support of local small businesses across Melville.

If you are a small business, visit the Small Business Development Corporation for free advice, resources, workshops and access to information across all business disciplines.

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