It will soon be easier for workers, who require a licence or registration, to move around Australia using their current licence. Automatic Mutual Recognition (AMR) aims to reduce red tape and decrease to cost of doing business for both workers and business owners. AMR will ease the burden on workers such as FIFO or those relocating to another state on a temporary basis.

Current licence holders will be able to take up work opportunities across the country using the licence or registration issued to them in their home state, without needing to apply for a licence or registration in another state or territory. For the purposes of AMR an individual's home state is defined as their primary place of residence or work.

Commencement date

The commencement date for Automatic Mutual Recognition will be different for each state and territory. A commencement date for South Australia is yet to be confirmed. Until South Australia officially joins the scheme, South Australian licensees or registrants will not be able to obtain AMR in participating states and territories.

Some states and territories commenced AMR on 1 July 2021. Refer to communications from other states and territories for participation details.

Requirement to notify intention to work

SafeWork SA will determine whether a worker is eligible for AMR through a mandated notification system. A licensee or registrant who submits a notification is not provided with a substantive South Australian licence or registration. Rather they will receive recognition of their interstate licence or registration.

SafeWork SA is presently developing a notification system to enable us to accept licensees or registrants from other states and territories that join the AMR scheme. Not all states and territories have joined and/or intend to join this scheme.

Permanent relocation to South Australia

AMR does not cover licence or registration holders who are relocating to South Australia on a permanent basis. Any permanent resident licence or registration holder must apply for a new South Australian licence. High Risk Work licence holders may request a conversion of an interstate licence.

SA licences and registrations covered by AMR

SafeWork SA issued licences covered under the automatic mutual recognition scheme are:

  • High Risk Work
  • Accredited assessor
  • Gas fitter
  • DG driver
  • Blasters
  • Pyrotechnician
  • Asbestos assessor

Licensees or registrants can only conduct the activities in South Australia that are authorised under their licence or registration in their home state or territory. Licensees or registrants must comply with all relevant South Australian laws when conducting their activities in South Australia. The same position applies to South Australians seeking AMR to operate in other states and territories.

SafeWork SA will release further details on the application of the scheme over the coming months including a full list of occupations covered by AMR.

Exemptions

SafeWork SA has temporarily exempted some occupations from the AMR scheme for periods of up to 12 months. Accordingly, some occupations will not be able to benefit from AMR to carry on activities in South Australia immediately and may have to wait until 2022 to benefit fully from the scheme.

Similarly, exemptions in other states or territories will also impact on the ability of South Australian licensees or registrants to benefit from AMR in the short term.