The South Australian Government is asking consumers, traders and industry bodies to participate in a state-wide consultation on a nationally-led trade licensing system that will remove the red tape associated with interstate work.
Minister for Business Services and Consumers John Rau said the National Occupational Licensing System aims to allow for a more mobile workforce for specific trades while reducing cost and paperwork for business.
“Currently, licences are issued and regulated by each state and territory and are not automatically recognised outside of that jurisdiction,” Mr Rau said.
“This new nationally-led system will see a single authority for trade licensing that will develop a consistent set of responsibilities and licence eligibility criteria across state and territory borders.
“This phase of the National Occupational Licensing System will apply to plumbers, gas-fitters, electricians, refrigeration and air-conditioning mechanics, real estate agents and sales representatives.
“Under the new system, licences for these trades will be recognised in all states and territories. A person will only need to apply for a licence in their principal place of residence or business, meet a single set of eligibility criteria and pay a single fee to work anywhere in Australia.”
“This will open up more business opportunities for these industries as workers who wish to work interstate will no longer require multiple licences, which come with additional paperwork and costs.”
Traders who have already been issued a licence under the current South Australian licensing system will be automatically rolled over to the new system and will remain able to undertake the work that they are currently licensed to do.
The establishment of a National Occupational Licensing System was agreed to by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) in July 2008, and implementation will require further legislative changes to be passed by the South Australian Parliament.
For more information on the National Occupational Licensing System, and to provide feedback, visit www.cbs.sa.gov.au/nols.html