National occupational licensing

SPASA New South Wales & ACT

Wednesday, 17 July, 2013

Every state and territory is a member of the Council of Australia Governments (COAG) and has agreed to the establishment of a National Occupational Licensing System (NOLS) to allow licences in specified occupations to work in all Australian jurisdictions.

Currently, occupations are licensed by each state or territory with the licence only covering work performed in that state or territory. Under a national licence, companies and individuals will be licensed to work anywhere in Australia, removing duplicated and inconsistent regulation between states and territories for specific occupations. The system will also improve business efficiency, reduce red tape, improve labour mobility, enhance productivity, enhance consumer confidence, create consistent licensing fees, undertake complaint handling and investigate disciplinary matters.

SPASA supports the COAG initiative to introduce a National Occupational Licensing System as it provides members with the ability to engage licensed personnel who are able to work anywhere in Australia (where the relevant work is licensed) without having to reapply for a licence or the need to undertake additional study.

COAG has announced that the National Occupational Licensing System will be implemented in 2014 following further consultation conducted by states and territories.

The results of each state or territory’s consultation will form the policy advice that will go to Ministers before the final decision on the approach to national licensing.

For more information, contact SPASA CEO Spiros Dassakis via

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