‘Judgement calls’ on red tape savings don’t stack up: NSW auditor

Simply removing legislative instruments hasn’t had the kind of red tape reduction effect the government had intended, says New South Wales’ auditor-general.

Margaret Crawford today tabled her report into the state’s red tape reduction initiatives, labelling them “ineffective” and the claimed $896 million in savings “inaccurate”.

In part, central coordination was missing she says, and there was little data to support assumptions made in the savings assessments.

“Estimating the benefits of red tape reduction requires a degree of judgement,” Department of Premier and Cabinet secretary Blair Comley wrote in his reply to Crawford, noting that the report agreed that the independent consultant assessments had improved the robustness of savings estimates.

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