Proposed National Licensing Scheme Scrapped, Industry Training Still Mandatory
Following a meeting of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) in December 2013, it was agreed the proposed National Occupational Licensing Authority (NOLA) would not proceed.
The majority of States and Territories were not in favour of this scheme who continually raised concerns since the initiative was first released for comment in August 2012.
Instead, jurisdictions have agreed ‘to develop alternative options for minimising licensing impediments to improving labour mobility and deliver net benefits for businesses and governments.’
Given the proposed national licensing regime will not go ahead, property licence and certificate holders in New South Wales are still required to undertake continuing professional development (CPD).
Michael Keenan, CEO of Real Coach said the industry lobbied extremely hard to ensure a fair and equitable approach was adopted.
‘Although this scheme had the potential to reduce the impost of applying for multiple licences, there were substantial cost implications and the proposed model was simply unworkable’ he said.
‘The way in which we buy, sell and manage property is significantly different across the country. There is a need to harmonise these laws first before a national licensing system can be introduced’ Mr Keenan said.
Current New South Wales regulations stipulate property licence and certificate holders must obtain 12 training points each year that can be attained through courses conducted by Real Coach.
Details of the CPD course can be found at www.realcoach.com.au/cpd
Staff at Real Coach are available to provide expert advice regarding CPD requirements and other courses available to the industry.
For further information, please contact Real Coach by telephoning 1300 124 125.