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Assisting business to understand its compliance requirements

In 1990, Stenning & Associates developed a highly innovative Business Licence Information Service (BLIS) for the Tasmanian Government.  This service paved the way for the contemporary approach to providing information services that help businesses, particularly small businesses, understand and manage their regulatory compliance requirements.

Currently we support NSW, Victoria, Western Australia, Tasmania and the ACT to provide BLIS services, as well as collecting information on Commonwealth business licences and codes of practice for inclusion in those services.

In 2008, the Council of Australian Governments agreed, as part of its regulatory reform agenda, to develop an Australian Business Licence and Information Service (ABLIS).  The aim of ABLIS is to help businesses find all government licenses, permits, registrations, codes of practice, standards and guidelines they need to know to meet their compliance responsibilities. 

Stenning & Associates has been heavily involved in assisting its clients to contribute to the design of ABLIS and to migrate to the new service.  We have also provided strategic advice to the Commonwealth Department of Industry, Innovation and Science on the development of ABLIS, including advice on the metadata schema and data and classification structure required to underpin it.

Compliance information for all Australian jurisidictions is now available in the new ABLIS.  We are continuing to work with our clients and the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science to enhance and improve the service that ABLIS provides to Australian businesses.

For further information on our methodology for this project, contact Anita Gordon