Automatic mutual recognition: what will it mean for the fire sector?

On 1 July, 2021, a new national Automatic Mutual Recognition of Occupational Registrations (AMR) scheme was introduced.

Part of a national agreement that will see practitioners able to work across borders, the new measures are now in place in New South Wales, Victoria, the Australian Capital Territory, and the Northern Territory, and will be progressively rolled out in all states.

The AMR scheme will allow skilled workers who require occupational licences to have their credentials recognised in other jurisdictions, making it easier for them to work in different locations.

The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) has anticipated that this move will support Australia’s economic recovery, providing an estimated $2.4 billion boost to the economy and directly benefitting over 168,000 workers each year.

But what will it mean for the fire protection sector?  How will it affect licensing and accreditation, and will there be opportunities for our practitioners?

James Cameron, Executive Director of the Australia Construction Industry Forum has been following developments with AMR closely and will provide an overview of what is in place and what is to come.

James Cameron ACIF

Dr James Cameron

Executive Director, Australian Construction Industry Forum

James Cameron has been the Executive Director of the Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF) since January 2016. James brought to ACIF strong skills in research, policy and advocacy from roles with the Australian Institute of Building and Australian Automobile Association.  He holds a PhD in political science, undertaken at the Australian National University. James has also held teaching roles overseas, worked in international banking and for a management consulting firm.  In his ACIF role, James is progressing some of the major issues facing the construction industry, and is ensuring that ACIF Members engage with Ministers to facilitate this.