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Review of national licensing

The proposed National Occupational Licensing System (NOLS) is no longer being pursued.

Proposed reforms

National licensing was intended to harmonise licensing regulation between states and territories for a range of occupations, including property agents.

The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) decided to discontinue the proposed reform in December 2013.

The National Occupational Licensing Authority (NOLA) is in the process of being wound up.

States decided to investigate approaches that would increase labour mobility and deliver benefits for businesses and governments. The states will develop alternative options for minimising licensing impediments to improve labour mobility through the Council for the Australian Federation (CAF).

Visit the COAG and CAF websites to keep updated on any developments.

Community consultation

The details of the proposed national licensing reforms were released in July–September 2012 for public consultation.

The consultation canvassed views on a range of topics, including:

  • categories of licence that should be offered
  • eligibility criteria for each licence category
  • training requirements for each licence category.

Consultation closed on 12 October 2012.

In 2013, the COAG National Licensing Steering Committee prepared Decision Regulation Impact Statements (RISs) for the Wave 1 national licensing occupations.

This applied to the following industries:

  • property (except for conveyancers and valuers)
  • electrical
  • plumbing and gas-fitting
  • air-conditioning and refrigeration
Last updated
13 October 2014

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