Better Approvals for Business program

The Better Approvals for Business program is part of the Victorian Government's regulation reform agenda announced in November 2020. This program is focussed on improving planning and other business approvals processes to support economic recovery. Reviews are undertaken from the perspective of business and industry to identify tangible, practical reforms that can be implemented in the short to medium term. This program builds on the success of the Better Approvals Project – the flagship reform of the Small Business Regulation Review of the retail sector.

The Better Approvals for Business program comprises a series of rolling reviews (up to four reviews). Review reform packages will be co-designed with businesses and industry, regulators, Local and State Government to ensure reforms target priority issues impacting businesses.

Review 1: Telecommunications Infrastructure Provisions

Review 2: Business Friendly Council Approvals

  • Completed, with initial implementation through a pilot, with at least five councils, commencing August 2022

Review 3: Unlocking the Potential of the Medtech Sector

  • Underway

Review 4: Events and Festivals Approvals

  • Underway

If you have a question about the Better Approvals for Business program, please contact the DJSIR program team at

Page last updated: 4 September 2023