Simplify Day

Simplify Day is the government’s red tape reduction initiative. Its purpose is to engage the community and the public sector workforce on how we can make government more efficient.

CBS continues to consult with industry and the community regarding the proposed changes. More information will be provided to the public as legislation is progressed through parliament.

Non-active partners – exemption

Consumer and Business Services (CBS) has responded to the South Australian governments Simplify Day initiative by reducing red tape for business. From 1 July 2017 a non-active partner may apply for an exemption from holding a CBS building, plumbing, gas fitting or electrical (trade) licence. A non-active partner is a registered business partner who does not independently quote, contract, perform or supervise licensed work or actively manage any trade work. Non-active partners are often spouses of licensed contractors undertaking administrative duties only such as book keeping, advertising, purchasing etc

Non-active partners must not have been previously suspended or disqualified from an occupation or business under any Australian law. They also must not have been deemed insolvent or bankrupt as an individual or director of a company in the past five years. Licensees that are limited to operating in partnerships are ineligible. This limitation is listed on your card or you can check the public register or call us to verify. The continuing licence holder may need to upgrade their licence.

Applying for an exemption – If you are applying for a new licence a non-active partner will need to apply online for an exemption from holding a licence (use the ‘apply for an exemption’ button below). You will only need to do this once when you are applying for a new licence and there is no cost for this application.

If you are a non-active partner and want to surrender a current licence as part of this process , use the ‘apply to surrender your licence’ button below to apply.

Change in circumstances – You will need to notify CBS if your circumstances change. You may need to hold a contracting licence to quote, contract and perform work and a supervisor or worker registration if you physically perform the work.

False information – Penalties of up to $50,000 and a possible prison term apply if you provide false information or work as an active partner without a licence. CBS encourages you to report anyone working without an appropriate licence at

Building and other trades

Other potential changes will remove penalty fees for late renewal of occupational licences. Final notices would be sent without additional fees and the licence cancelled if not renewed.

Real estate  & conveyancing

Under proposed changes to the Conveyancers Act 1994, body corporate conveyancers will no longer need to seek the Commissioner’s approval to operate in partnership, removing administrative red tape for both conveyancers and the Government.


Proposed changes to the betting industry would mean bookmakers no longer need to obtain permits to operate at particular race meets, removing administrative red tape for both bookmakers and the Government.

Second hand vehicle dealers

The Motor Trades Association supports proposed changes to the Second-hand Vehicle Dealers Act 1995 to remove the need for dealers to seek the Commissioner’s approval for business premises and replace the obligation with a simpler notification requirement. Dealers would also no longer need approval to trade at temporary premises, such as a trade shows or events.

Changes to the act would also allow compensation claims from the Second-hand Vehicles Compensation Fund to be assessed by the Commissioner, rather than a claimant needing to apply to the Magistrates Court.


A review of the Associations Incorporation Act 1985 will seek to remove unnecessary, burdensome and onerous administrative practices that do not add value in the running and control of an association. This review is expected to balance the removal of red tape whilst retaining appropriate protections.

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