National Trade Licensing Reform

  • Project Overview

The National Occupational Licensing System (NOLS) reform sought to establish a national licensing system for the following occupations:

  • Property
  • Plumbing and Gas Fitting
  • Electrical
  • Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning.

We were asked to review the RISs to determine whether the NOLS reform would be of net economic benefit to Queensland. We were also asked to advise on the financial impact on the Queensland Government and impacts on stakeholders within relevant industries, including those that operate solely in Queensland.

Our final report was provided to the Queensland Government on 11 October 2013.

The QCA concluded that the projected net benefits to Queensland of national licensing have been overstated, particularly the benefits of increased labour mobility, and that the RISs have underestimated transition and implementation costs for the Queensland Government. 

In December 2013, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) elected not to pursue the NOLS reforms.

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