Cross border deregulation roundtable to be held in Wodonga on Tuesday

ACTION PENDING: Victorian small business minister Phil Dalidakis
ACTION PENDING: Victorian small business minister Phil Dalidakis

ALBURY-Wodonga is set for a ground-breaking cross border trial aimed at eliminating red tape for business.

The Border Mail understands the trial involving multiple industry sectors, which has the backing of the federal, Victorian and NSW governments, will be announced this week.

It is considered to be the first of its type in Australia and could be replicated on the Victorian-South Australia border if successful.

The announcement about the trial is expected to be made at a cross-border deregulation roundtable being held at Quest Apartments in Wodonga on Tuesday.

It will be attended by the Victorian and NSW small business ministers, Philip Dalidakis and John Barilaro, along with federal small business minister, Craig Laundy.

The roundtable involving the three ministers had its origins earlier this year when Mr Dalidakis visited Wodonga earlier this year in his other role of digital economy minister at the invitation of Indi MP Cathy McGowan.

“When we were here I asked what else can we do and Cathy said to me ‘cross-border regulation, red tape is stifling’,” Mr Dalidakis.

He then made contact with Mr Laundy post his visit to Wodonga about what could be done.

“Craig and I are all about getting results and outcomes and that is why you are seeing the Victorian and federal governments work so co-operatively with each other on this,” he said.

“But I want to pay tribute to Cathy because she helped get us to this point.

“I welcome NSW’s involvement and I welcome the fact John Barilaro has seen the benefit of what we are doing for people on the NSW side of the border.

“And like Craig and myself, he just wants to get things done for our community and show people we can all work together for the benefit of business, residents, but most importantly commonsense.”

The Victorian Government recently agreed to spend $760,000 in establishing a cross-border commission.

Mr Dalidakis said the recruitment of a commissioner with a similar brief to James McTavish in NSW was underway.

“We’re going through the process of selecting and appointing,” he said.

“In terms of location that has not been confirmed.”