Australia's national licensing program for plumbing and gas fitting, property, refrigeration and air-conditioning will result in an annual boost of AUD$86 million to the national economy, according to recently-released Consultation Regulation Impact Statements. Senator Chris Evans, Minister for Skills, said "Having one set of national licences for key occupations is a challenging reform but will make it easier for businesses and individuals to operate across state and territory borders and improve business productivity." He added that "under the national licensing reforms, a central licensing body will administer one set of requirements for each of the licensed occupations." However, "State and territory licensing bodies will continue to collect fees and monitor performance within the new national standards."
Further information about the proposed reforms is available.