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Regulatory challenges to be addressed in latest $10 million BRII round

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The latest round of the Business Research and Innovation Initiative (BRII) is currently open, encouraging businesses to submit proposals for ideas that address regulatory challenges. 

With the Morrison Government committed to reducing the regulatory compliance burden on Australian businesses, this round challenges the “RegTech” sector to help develop innovative solutions that can cut costs and streamline workflows.

Under the Business Research and Innovation Initiative (BRII), Australian start-ups and small and medium businesses can receive grants of up to $100,000 to develop their ideas and test feasibility over three months.

Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Christian Porter said the most successful of these ideas may be eligible for a grant of up to $1 million to develop a prototype or proof of concept over a maximum of 15 months.

“Australia’s strong regulatory environment is designed to keep our workplaces safe, our products high quality, and help consumers get what they pay for,” Minister Porter said. 

“But the downside to having that important safety net is the compliance burden it imposes on businesses.

With the $10 million BRII round, innovative regulatory technologies can reduce that burden the regulatory environment has on businesses while keeping with the Australian standards.

The Government presents four key challenge areas that businesses can address in this round:

  • Using technology to identify and assess potential poor disclosure by listed companies. 
  • Using technology for remote and automated monitoring of export livestock health and welfare. 
  • Using technology for a streamlined path to marine autonomous systems assurance. 
  • Using technology for real-time and accurate asbestos testing. 

Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister and Cabinet Ben Morton said the four BRII challenges were strongly aligned with the Government’s Deregulation Agenda.

“Efficient regulation isn’t a set and forget exercise – it’s an ongoing process of improvement and modern technologies have a huge potential to replace or streamline existing administration processes, while also helping to reduce compliance costs for business,” Assistant Minister Morton said.

Applications for this grant round close on 3 June 2021. 

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