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Licensing Line News is no longer operating. This site will remain live in a static state until 2012.  No updates will be made but reources, editions and other information will still be accessible. Licensing Line News has been a Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations funded communication initiative to ... read more

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National licensing system

The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) has agreed to develop a national licensing system that will remove inconsistencies across state and territory borders and allow for a more mobile workforce. Overview Update - 11 May 2011 Update - 13 January 2010 Update - 30 April 2009 ... read more

Formal agreement reached on harmonisation of OHS legislation

The May meeting of the Workplace Relations Ministers' Council (WRMC) marked an historic commitment to occupational health and safety (OHS) reform in Australia. Ministers agreed in-principle to the Intergovernmental Agreement for Regulatory and Operational Reform in Occupational Health and Safety (IGA). Ministers noted that this will ... read more

Registered training organisation funding for fast track apprenticeships

Australian Government funding of $58.5 million has been announced which will assist registered training organisations to work with industry and local employers to develop and implement fast track apprenticeships. The Fast Track Apprenticeship Program is one of a number of measures aimed at addressing current and impending skill shortages ... read more

Marine forum explores solutions to skills shortage

A marine industry skills forum to be held in Brisbane by the National Marine Safety Committee on 10th and 11th July will allow the industry to provide input on strategies to tackle the sector's skills shortage. The Marine Competencies Industry Forum will bring together representatives from the ... read more

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Safer trucks to service growing freight task

Australia's transport ministers have approved a Council of Australian Governments backed reform to allow semi-trailers and B-doubles fitted with quad axle groups to carry heavy loads more safely on a defined road network. The reforms build on several sucessful local trials of quad-axle group trucks, which are ... read more

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National trade measurement reforms to reduce red tape

The latest reform to reduce red tape for business and industry will see Australia's system of trade measurement administered by the Australian Government through the National Measurement Institute . Responsibility for Australia's trade measurement system is currently shared between the Australian Government, states and territories. The ... read more

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Benchmarking regulatory burdens on business

Significant benefits could be gained from benchmarking regulatory compliance burdens across all jurisdictions, according to a report from the Productivity Commission, Performance benchmarking of Australian business regulation . The report states that benchmarking can help shed light on where and how regulatory burdens might be reduced while ... read more

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COAG agrees to develop national trade licensing system

The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) has agreed to develop a national trade licensing system that will remove inconsistencies across state and territory borders and allow for a more mobile workforce. Under current arrangements, an array of occupational trades is licensed to varying requirements in each state and territory. ... read more

COAG agrees to national VET regulator

The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) has agreed to create a new, independent national regulator for the vocational education and training (VET) sector. The regulator will be responsible for the registration and audit of registered training organisations across Australia. It is significant micro-economic reform for a $6.4 billion industry, with ... read more

Putting new rail safety laws into practice

Draft national rail safety guidelines have been published by the National Transport Commission ( NTC) for public comment. The guidelines are intended to help the rail industry understand, adapt, implement and comply with new nationally-consistent state and territory rail safety laws. The suite of draft national rail ... read more

New Licence Recognition website

A new Licence Recognition website has been launched to support the Council of Australian Governments ' mutual recognition initiatives. The website, www.licencerecognition.gov.au , allows the user to look up occupational licence entitlements in another state or territory, based on the currently-held licence. The website also ... read more

Potential benefits of the national reform agenda

The Council of Australian Governments'  National Reform Agenda has the potential to significantly raise national output and incomes in Australia, according to a Productivity Commission  study released recently. The study,  Potential benefits of the national reform agenda , examines the benefits potentially available in the long term from ... read more

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Ministers agree to national VET regulator

The Ministerial Council for Tertiary Education and Employment (MCTEE) has agreed to support the formation of a new, independent national regulator for the vocational education and training sector. The communiqué released from the Council's 20 November meeting states that 'in a significant decision, the majority of Ministers agreed to ... read more

COAG mutual recognition initiatives update

From February 2007, new arrangements have been put in place making it easier for licensed tradespeople, and authorities that issue licences, to know what licence a worker is entitled to when applying for a licence in another jurisdiction. The new arrangements cover licences issued to: electricians ... read more

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Australian Transport Council recommends national regulation

The Australian Transport Council has recommended that the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) agree on a transition to single national regulators to cover maritime safety, heavy vehicles, rail safety and rail investigation. COAG asked the ATC in September 2008 to prepare Regulatory Impact Statements (RISs) on single national systems in ... read more

National transport regulation agreement

The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) has agreed to implement national regulation for maritime safety, rail safety and heavy vehicles. The decision will mean improved safety and reduced costs and regulatory burden for Australian transport companies as well as reduced costs of exports and trade. These reforms will ... read more

COAG agrees to VET reform

At its July meeting in Darwin, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) agreed to a workplan for further reforms to the vocational education and training system. The workplan will address a number of major reform areas including: developing models for a national regulatory body for vocational education ... read more

Update on the National Licensing System

The COAG National Licensing Taskforce has advised that the National Licensing website has been updated with new information. The information details the latest on the development of the National Licensing System (NLS) and provides links to the Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA), the Decision Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) and a list of frequently asked ... read more

Security industry reforms in Queensland and South Australia

Some state governments are implementing reforms to the security industry which will affect the way licenses are issued. Queensland Fair Trading Minister Margaret Keech recently announced that the Security Providers Amendment Bill 2006 would complement counter-terrorism activities here and in other jurisdictions. The Bill implements a ... read more

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