Elena Gosse reducing red tape with QLD Government. CEO of Australian Innovative Systems’ (AIS) CEO Elena Gosse is passionate about many topics including water disinfection, innovation and diversity but it’s her passion for small business and Australian manufacturing that has earned her an invitation from The Honourable Kate Jones MP, Minister for Small Business, to join the Queensland Government’s Red Tape Reduction Advisory Council.
The eight member Council has been established to provide the government with advice on red, green and blue tape areas of most concern to small business, and assist in providing a business environment conducive to strong, profitable and globally competitive businesses. Areas of focus include regulatory issues which inhibit business growth, recommendations to reduce red tape, new initiatives to streamline government processes, and recommendations on red, green and blue tape across at least three industry sectors each year.
With the inaugural meeting just completed Elena said that she was relishing the opportunity to provide practical feedback to government on behalf of the manufacturing sector.
“AIS is a multi-award winning, Australian owned and operated manufacturer of commercial and residential chlorine generators and water disinfection technology, Elena said. “We employ the equivalent of 50 Full time employees across our three office and manufacturing facilities and have exported our products to over 55 countries.
“Despite our success both here and abroad, there are still some barriers for businesses like ours. Some include accessing suitably qualified, ‘work-ready’ staff, particularly those straight out of university; the fact that in some cases, Australian manufactured products are not given preference or specified in tenders for large scale projects; and the costs associated with promoting Australian made technology in overseas markets.
“I took the opportunity to raise all of these matters at the first Red Tape Reduction Advisory Council meeting and was very impressed by Minister Jones’ and my fellow Council members’ willingness to table these topics for further investigation.”
Elena said that she had joined the group to ensure that Queensland manufacturers had representation at the highest levels of business and government and to streamline small business.
“I commend the Queensland Government on this initiative. Queensland’s reputation for innovation and the growth of our economy depends on it.”