Sydney to host new National Occupational Licensing Authority

19 August 2011

Sydney will be home to the new National Occupational Licensing Authority (NOLA) creating more than 40 new jobs.

The announcement was made on 19 August by NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for Trade and Investment, Andrew Stoner, and NSW Minister for Fair Trading, Anthony Roberts, in conjunction with the Federal Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations, Senator Chris Evans.

The Council of Australian Governments in 2009 agreed to develop a national licensing system for specified occupations, to remove licensing inconsistencies across State and Territory borders and allow for a more mobile workforce.

Under the agreement, the national licensing system is underpinned by co-operative national legislation enacted by all jurisdictions.

Existing regulators will continue to be responsible for issuing licences and overseeing compliance by licensees. The new Authority will develop licensing policy and administer the national system.

Funding for the Authority is provided by all States and Territories, with NSW the largest contributor.

Mr Stoner said Sydney was an ideal location for the Authority.

"The securing of the new NOLA national headquarters for Sydney is a further addition to the city's role as Australia's business and global capital," Mr Stoner said.

"Sydney, with its university and TAFE networks, has the pool of talent and training to support a key national body such as this. We also have a ready supply of quality office accommodation providing easy access to the nation's busiest airport and with regular direct connections to all Australian cities.

"Furthermore, most stakeholders and national peak bodies are also based here in Sydney, offering natural synergies for the new National Occupational Licensing Authority," Mr Stoner said.

Mr Roberts welcomed the announcement and outlined the occupations to be included in the new national licensing system.

"The new system will commence from 1 July 2012 for plumbing and gasfitting, electrical, refrigeration and air conditioning and property licensing, with more occupations including building and construction, to follow," Minister Roberts said.

Senator Evans said this is an important reform which will increase productivity and a good example of Federal and State Governments working cooperatively.