Better Approvals for Business program

The Better Approvals for Business program is focussed on improving the regulatory and associated approvals processes for businesses, to support economic recovery and job creation. This program is part of the Victorian Government's regulation reform agenda announced in November 2020.

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 earlier DJSIR Small Business Regulation Review, which delivered the highly successful Better Approval Project with Victorian Councils between 2018 and 2020.

This 2-year program comprises delivery of a series of rolling regulatory reform reviews. Each review reform package is co-designed with businesses and industry, regulators, Local and State Government to ensure reforms target priority issues impacting businesses and are readily implementable.

Review 1: Telecommunications Infrastructure Provisions

Review delivered (Aug 2021 to Nov 2021) – Reforms aim to improve planning and related processes to facilitate better delivery of telecommunications infrastructure in Victoria. Implementation is well underway, with the majority of reforms already delivered.

Action Statement Telecommunication_Infrastructure_Provisions_Review_action_statement v2.pdf (PDF 792.64 KB)PDF icon / Action Statement Telecommunications_Infrastructure_Provisions_Review_action_statement.doc (DOC 114 KB)DOC icon

Review 2: Business Friendly Council Approvals

Review delivered (Sept 2021 to Mar 2022) – Reforms aim to improve the end-to-end approvals process for businesses, making it easier to start and grow a business. Implementation of the Business Friendly Council Approval reforms is initially being progressed through a Pilot with 7 councils.

Review 3: Unlocking the Potential of the Medtech Sector

Public consultation completed – Review addresses key barriers to growth of the medtech sector, with a particular focus on local manufacturing.

Review 4: Events and Festivals Approvals

Public consultation completed - Review outcomes are currently being finalised.


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

Page last updated: 31 October 2023