Tradespeople to benefit from national mutual recognition

Posted on : Friday, 23 July 2021

A new national Automatic Mutual Recognition of Occupational Registrations (AMR) scheme was introduced on 1 July, 2021.  


Part of a national agreement that will see practitioners able to work across borders, the new measures are now in place in New South Wales, Victoria, the Australian Capital Territory, and the Northern Territory, but  will be progressively rolled out in all states.


The AMR scheme will allow skilled workers who require occupational licences to have their credentials recognised in other jurisdictions.


Licences are needed for a range of occupations - almost one in five workers requires a licence or registration to perform their work.


The new scheme will cut red tape for those workers and businesses by removing the need for the licensee to apply and pay for a new licence or registration in order to work in another state or territory. 


This will make it easier and cheaper for practitioners to work in different location without bearing a significant cost.  


The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) anticipates that this move will support Australia's economic recovery, providing an estimated $2.4 billion boost to the economy and directly benefitting over 168,000 workers each year.


More information on mutual recognition is available  here.  


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  3. Bricklayers
  4. Builders
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  7. Automotive Gas Installers
  8. Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics
  9. Electricians
  10. Electrical Fitters
  11. Cable Jointers
  12. Lineworkers
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