Media Release

23 November 2018

O’Brien: Victorian Competition and Efficiency Commission

Friday 23 November 2018

Victorian Competition and Efficiency Commission

A Liberal Nationals Government will re-establish a Victorian Competition and Efficiency Commission (VCEC) to deliver regulatory reform, reduce red tape and waste, and ultimately ensure that taxpayers’ money is better spent.

The Commission will incorporate the functions of the former VCEC, and the recently merged Red Tape Commissioner and Commissioner for Better Regulation, but will also play a public-facing role to receive and investigate reports on government waste.

Since the demise of the VCEC under Labor, there has been no cross-government agency with the structure and expertise to conduct inquiries on behalf of government, especially in relation to industry-specific reform.

The new VCEC will be able to conduct inquiries into functions of government, seek to identify and eliminate government waste and red tape and also investigate the flow-on effects of significant legislation and the impact it has on the broader community.

The VCEC will sit with the Department of Treasury and Finance and be staffed by absorbing the existing office of the Commissioner for Better Regulation and Commissioner for Red Tape to reduce the need for new resourcing. It will also have an educative role across other departments and agencies on how to reduce waste and inefficiency.

Daniel Andrews has lost control of government expenditure. After 15 of the last 19 years of Labor governments, Labor’s waste is out of control.

Labor has brazenly rorted and misused taxpayers’ money for four years. Whether it’s chauffeuring their dogs in a ministerial limo, paying ‘Red Shirt’ campaigners with taxpayer funds to staff polling booths or wasting $1.3 billion dollars to not build a road, Victorians have had enough.

The Liberal Nationals are determined to slash bureaucratic red tape and put an end to Labor’s waste of taxpayers’ money.

Comments attributable to Shadow Treasurer to Michael O’Brien:

“Daniel Andrews has lost control of government expenditure. After being in government for 15 of the last 19 years, Labor’s waste is out of control.

A Liberal Nationals government will reintroduce a VCEC to focus on better and more efficient government and to clean up Labor’s waste.”