Commonwealth Treasurer Josh Frydenberg states that the Commonwealth, States and Territories have come to an agreement that the Council of Federal Financial Relations (CFFR) will devise a framework for work licences to be recognised everywhere—thus opening up the work field for Australian tradespeople.

Frydenberg stated that today’s regime for mutual recognition of qualifications throughout all jurisdictions is complicated, expensive and cumbersome.

More than 800 separate licences can be applied in manual trades, with about 20 per cent of workers in the economy needing licenses to complete their work. The application of automatic recognition, said Frydenberg, will allow people licensed in one jurisdiction to find similar work in another. The new plan, he says, will render it easier and less costly for workers to work in more places, thus enhancing overall output and creating more employment opportunities.

Housing Industry Association Chief Executive Industry Policy Kristin Brookfield asserts that a solitary automated mutual recognition scheme would be time- and cost-efficient, especially for tradespeople who might move around in search of work, and would provide economic recovery at a time when it’s needed most.

In accordance with the passing of legislation in single jurisdictions, the plan is anticipated to start January 1.


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