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Regulatory Compliance

Tourism is a complex sector that incorporates a wide range of industries. This means that the regulatory and planning environment in which a tourism business operates can be very confusing for operators of all sizes. Research by the Sustainable Tourism Cooperative Research Centre (STCRC) found that there are currently 175 Acts in Australia which might impact on tourism businesses, without being necessarily tourism specific legislation. Read more
Tourism is a complex sector that incorporates a wide range of industries. This means that the regulatory and planning environment in which a tourism business operates can be very confusing for operators of all sizes. Research by the Sustainable Tourism Cooperative Research Centre (STCRC) found that there are currently 175 Acts in Australia which might impact on tourism businesses, without being necessarily tourism specific legislation. The regulatory environment for a tourism business includes consideration of:

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Governments at a State and National level commonly provided business mentoring and legal advice services for small businesses in understanding their legal obligations.

 

  • Business registration and licensing
  • Accounting and taxation
  • Financing
  • Credit and debt recovery
  • Staff recruitment and employment
  • Supply chain management and contracting
  • Public liability
  • Occupational health and safety
  • Franchising
  • Intellectual property
  • Fair trading
  • Leases
  • Import and export licensing
  • Climate change and sustainability
  • Land use planning and development
  • Sector specific legislation for gaming, liquor, events, transport, national parks, marine parks and coastal development

    The regulatory requirements of tourism businesses will differ depending on the type and size of business and the State or Country of operation. In Australia, the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research has developed The Legal Issues Guide for Small Business which provides quick and easy online information about a range of legal issues which frequently confront small business including identification of sources of assistance and preventative measures.

     

    Governments at a State and National level commonly provided business mentoring and legal advice services for small businesses in understanding their legal obligations. The STCRC Report, The Legal Basis for State and Territory Tourism Planning provides a summary of all 175 Acts that directly or indirectly impact on tourism planning and business operation, State by State.



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