Palaszczuk Government delivers red-tape busting licence and registration reform

The Palaszczuk Government has passed reforms today that will reduce red tape and paperwork for Queenslanders.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Transport Jackie Trad said that under the reforms in the Transport and Other Legislation Amendment Bill (TLAB) young Queenslanders will be able to access proof-of-age cards from the age of 15.

“These reforms will mean young people will be able to get a proof-of-age from the age of 15 recognising their shifting needs,” Ms Trad said.

“By opening up proof-of-age cards to this age group, we’re moving with the times to make it easier for these young Queenslanders to open bank accounts, get phone contracts, enrol in TAFE and tertiary courses and get employment.

“Another of the reforms removes the requirement for customers to complete application forms for a number of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) services.

“We’re nearing the end of a three-month ‘paperless’ trial for services including registration and licence renewals at our TMR customer service centres in Toowoomba.

“So far the trial has been a great success with customers and staff alike saying it has made their experience faster and easier.

“It allows us to better serve our customers, providing more services to more Queenslanders and this legislation will enable us to roll out this program state-wide.”

Acting Minister for Main Roads and Road Safety Steven Miles said the reforms would allow TMR to adapt and grow in line with modern technology.

“With technology rapidly evolving, we want to ensure the outdated obligation to complete a form won’t stand in the way of adopting new technologies as soon as possible,” Dr Miles said.

“These reforms mean that TMR is ready to move quickly to adapt to changing technology.”

The amendment bill will also make a number of changes to the regulation of dangerous goods, transport of commercial vessel rules and driver authorisation. 

A proof-of-age card will be $66.65 and valid for 10 years.

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