The Federal Government is working to improve occupational mobility, so Australians in licenced occupations can move more quickly to where their skills are needed.
The aim is to reduce red tape involved with licence holders moving to new job opportunities across state lines. The proposed changes will also increase flexibility, so skilled labour can respond faster to natural disasters and unforeseen situations such as COVID-19.
Automatic Mutual Recognition will allow a person licenced or registered for an occupation in one state or territory to be considered registered to perform the same activities in another without having to re-apply or pay additional registration fees.
The Federal Government has created draft legislation that is open for comment until Friday 12 February 2021.
The proposed new scheme will start on 1 July 2021. For the scheme to commence, each state will need to introduce related law reforms and administrative measures.
NSW Treasury held industry round table discussions in November 2020 and found stakeholder views were generally supportive.
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