I’m here with the COVID-19 continuity update for Australian businesses on 19th August.
Today’s briefing is on the national recognition of occupational licenses.
An announcement has come out of the national cabinet (the meeting of the Prime Minister with the state Premiers and territory Chief Ministers): A new national reform will soon enable workers in some industry sectors to have their occupational licenses recognised nationwide.
Currently, most states and territories have their own licensing requirements for occupations such as electricians and plumbers. Under the current rules, workers have to apply to have their licence recognised, complete additional training and pay additional licence fees to work interstate.
As part of the new scheme, tradespeople who have a licence in one state will be automatically registered to permit them to work in any other state or territory. This new registration is expected to take effect from January 2021.
What the national recognition of occupational licenses means for your business
This new national recognition process will be a significant benefit to Tenfold businesses that are planning to expand interstate, either with a new branch or for lucrative project work. It will eliminate the cost of time and money that was previously required to be spent undertaking courses and re-registering interstate.
The coaches at Tenfold have worked with many businesses taking them interstate and we know the bureaucracy involved in obtaining licensing which has no additional benefit apart from ticking a box. This new scheme is a small improvement, but shows the collaborative thinking present to enable small business to grow faster on the other side.
Ashley Thomson B.Eng(Hons), Grad. Dip. Mgmt, MEI
Tenfold Business Coaching