The State Government has met with key trades’ representatives to hear their ideas about improving the system of issuing occupational licences.
Minister for Business Services and Consumers John Rau said the meeting late yesterday was prompted by concerns about the speed and efficiency in which Consumer and Business Services (CBS) was issuing licences.
“The meeting was positive and constructive, and it has resulted in an excellent collection of suggestions to improve the licensing process,” Mr Rau said.
“I will be discussing these ideas further with CBS and the trades with a view to introducing suitable reforms as soon as possible. While CBS has already introduced service improvements, it is clear we need to do more.”
Ideas suggested at the meeting included:
• Increasing the renewal period from one year to two, three or five years.
• Providing interim licenses while applications are being considered.
• Introducing a pre-approval process for apprentices to streamline applications.
Mr Rau also encouraged trade organisations to consider other reforms and provide ideas to him for consideration.
“Hard-working people depend on the timely issuing of licences so they can get on with their work,” he said.
“The process of issuing and renewing these licences is rigorous, and it needs to be. The safety of tradespeople and the public is paramount and the consequence of licensing an unqualified person could be disastrous, particularly in the building, plumbing and electrical trades.
“Having said that, the issuing of these licences is a core business for Government and the service we provide should be excellent.”
The meeting included representatives of the Communications, Electrical and Plumbing Union, the National Electrical and Communications Association, the Master Builders Association, the Plumbing Industry Association, TAFE SA, the Construction Industry Training Board, the Housing Industry Association, the Office of the Technical Regulator and CBS.