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The Business Entry Point (BEP)
Institution: Department of Industry
Tourism and Resources
Theme: Knowledge Management in Government
Implementation Date: Jan 01, 2000
Summary: The Business Entry Point (BEP) is an initiative that seeks to reduce the burden of government compliance on business. It provides a simple and convenient access to all the government information, transactions and services needed. It is a whole-of-government service providing essential information on planning, starting and running a business.
It facilitates business-to-government (B2G) interactions online. For example, the BEP web site hosts the Australian Business Register (ABR) online registration process that allows businesses to apply for an Australian business number (ABN).
The BEP uses cross-agency and cross-jurisdictional cooperation and private industry partnerships. For example, the ABR project was developed in conjunction with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO)
In pursuing a strategy focused on allowing businesses to carry out transactions online, an innovative online transaction management system has been developed. The system allows businesses to discover, manage and complete transactions with all levels of government. In effect, it forms a new infrastructure enabling machine-to-machine communication.

Impact: This program reduces the government compliance burden placed on business; it helps to deliver better quality, user friendly and consistent service to the user; and it enables people to interact with government online.
The strong and positive results of the BEP initiative and its services and processes are changing the way government works. For example, most Australian business registrations are now conducted online with few face-to-face or paper transactions needed; and the content syndication model is providing government information through private sector intermediaries.

Source: Australia Government Information Management Office (AGIMO)
Project Home URL: http://www.business.gov.au

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