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Automatic mutual recognition of occupational registrations on its way

January 27, 2021

The Commonwealth Government has agreed to introduce a uniform scheme for the automatic mutual recognition (AMR) of occupational registrations to assist Australia’s economic recovery.
AMR will allow a person who is licensed or registered for an occupation in one jurisdiction to be considered registered to perform the same activities in another, without going through further application processes or paying additional registration fees.

Among the occupations proposed to be included in the changes are:
• Architects
• Builders
• Building surveyors
• Electricians
• Gasfitters
• Painters and decorators
• Plumbers

National Cabinet has now released draft legislation for consultation which will amend the Mutual Recognition Act 1992, enabling AMR to commence from 1 July 2021.

You can download the consultation paper here

Submissions are open on the exposure draft AMR legislation until Friday 12 February 2021.

Spiros Dassakis COO of SPASA Australia says that members are encouraged to review the consultation paper and forward feedback to him at

Further information on the draft legislation and how to submit a response is available on the Occupational Mobility website.




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