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Work & Business Licenses
CBS updates
1 July 2021

It will soon be easier for workers who need to be licensed or registered to move around Australia to take up new work opportunities using their current licence. Workers will no longer need to apply for a new licence or registration when working in another state or territory.  Automatic Mutual Recognition (AMR) applies to individuals but not companies.

The commencement date for AMR will be different for each state and territory. Some jurisdictions will commence AMR on 1 July 2021. A commencement date for South Australia is yet to be confirmed. 

The CBS regulated occupations that will be covered by AMR include:

  • Builders and tradespeople 
  • Plumbers, gas-fitters and electricians 
  • Real estate professionals and conveyancers
  • Second-hand vehicle dealers
  • Security and investigation agents. 

A full list of occupations covered by AMR will be available from this web page in the near future. 

Notification to work in SA

Workers who are currently licensed in another state or territory and wish to work in South Australia will need to notify Consumer and Business Services (CBS) before commencing any work. The AMR notification can be made online once AMR commences in SA. 

CBS will then provide the worker with an information notice outlining some of their key responsibilities, including industry-specific requirements for their occupation while working in SA.  AMR licensees must comply with the same conduct and technical requirements as SA licensees. 

Workers who wish to work in SA before AMR commences here can apply under the current process. Read more about the current mutual recognition process

Working in another state or territory

Workers who are licensed in SA and wish to work in another state or territory will need to check the requirements in that particular jurisdiction and check that they are eligible for AMR. 

Helpful links to AMR information for the other states and territories will be added here once AMR commences for each jurisdiction.

Benefits of AMR

  • Reduced red tape by eliminating the licence application process and applicable fees.
  • Increased labour mobility.
  • Easier process for workers who live in border regions, relocate temporarily for work, have fly-in fly-out arrangements or provide services remotely.
  • Interstate workers can better respond to urgent situations – e.g. repairs needed due to a bushfire or flood.
  • More confidence for businesses to bid for interstate projects.

Safeguards to maintain standards 

AMR workers must: 

  • hold a licence or registration in their home state or territory covering the work they want to do
  • only work within the scope and conditions of their existing licence or registration
  • obey the local laws in the jurisdiction they work in, otherwise they may face disciplinary action, licence suspension or cancellation, and be excluded from AMR 
  • meet public protection requirements that relate to their occupation – e.g. taking out particular insurance or paying into a compensation fund. 

Workers will not be eligible for AMR if they:

  • are disqualified or suspended from carrying on the occupation or have been refused a licence for that occupation
  • are subject to disciplinary, civil or criminal action or know they are under investigation
  • have conditions placed on their substantive licence as a result of disciplinary or court action.