National Trade Licensing Reform Review

National Trade Licensing Reform Review

  • Final Report
  • Project Information

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

We 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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The Queensland Department of Treasury and Trade asked the QCA to undertake a review of the national Decision Regulation Impact Statements (RISs) prepared for the introduction of the National Occupational Licensing System (NOLS).

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.

The report will include a comprehensive assessment of the impact the proposed reforms have on Queensland including whether the reforms provide a net benefit to the state. 


Public involvement is an important part of our decision-making process, and consultation, with all relevant government agencies and other key stakeholders, will form a large part of this project.

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  • July 2013
  • August 2013
  • October 2013
Project Timeline

Stakeholder Consultation

This project is complete

Stakeholder consultation: July to August 2013.

Project Timeline

Submissions Due

This project is complete

Submissions should be submitted by 30 August 2013.

Project Timeline

Final Report

This project is complete

Final report due to Government.

Report & Papers

Submissions