Move towards national licensing

A NATIONAL licensing scheme for electricians, which would make it easier for sparkies to work interstate, was released for consultation on Monday.

The scheme would see different licensing systems in each state and territory replaced by a national accreditation system, which could see tradies become more mobile.

Skills Minister Chris Evans said a regulation impact statement released on Monday showed the system could provide a $22 million economic benefit.

"This reform would boost productivity and labour mobility, which is essential at a time when there is massive jobs growth in the north and west of the country," Senator Evans said.

"We need reform to make it easier for employers to relocate their skilled workers to areas of high demand and slash the amount of paperwork they need to complete to take on an apprentice."

Initially, electrical, property, plumbing and gas-fitting and refrigeration and air-conditioning occupations will be included in the reforms before work begins on harmonising licensing for building and building-related occupations.

While information sessions on the reforms were planned for capital cities, no sessions have yet been scheduled in regional areas, where the reforms could have the biggest impact.

For more information, go to www.nola.gov.au.



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