Automatic mutual recognition for occupational licences

If you're licensed and/or registered, you may be able to work across states and territories without needing to:

  • apply or
  • pay a fee for a second licence.

The automatic mutual recognition (AMR) scheme allows you to use your current licence or registration to do the same activities in another part of Australia.

Check the public register for a list of authorised workers and licence categories.

What you need to do

To practise across participating states and territories, you must be registered in your home state or territory to undertake the activities you intend to carry out in a second state or territory.

Depending on your occupation, you may need to meet additional requirements. For example:

  • notify the relevant authority of your intent to practice
  • meet and maintain financial public protection requirements (such as, insurance, fidelity funds, trust accounts, minimum financial requirements), and
  • satisfy and maintain a working with vulnerable people character test.

To check requirements for your occupation, go to the business and industry section and search.

You must comply with the laws of the state or territory where you're working.

If you don't comply with state or territory laws or licence conditions, your entitlement to working interstate can be suspended or cancelled. Your home state or territory licence or registration can also be suspended or cancelled.

Check if you're eligible

You can't take part in this scheme if:

  • you're subject to criminal, civil or disciplinary proceedings in any state or territory and have been informed, or aware of it
  • your registration in any state or territory is cancelled or currently suspended as a result of disciplinary action
  • you're prohibited from an occupation, or subject to any conditions because of civil, criminal or other disciplinary proceedings in any state or territory
  • you have been refused registration for a relevant occupation in any state or territory.

You also can't take part if you fail to:

  • meet any public protection requirement or satisfy a vulnerable person character test required by the law of a state or territory you're planning to work in, or if you fail to provide evidence of this
  • meet a requirement to notify a local regulatory agency before working
  • notify the agency if your home state or territory changes
  • provide information requested by a local regulatory agency
    • including information to confirm your home state or territory, or information required by a law of a state or territory in which you're visiting.

Working in the NT

If you hold a valid and current occupational registration or licence in another state, you may be eligible for AMR in the Northern Territory (NT).

It is only valid for the duration of your licence or registration.

Notify the relevant authority

You must notify the relevant authority depending on the type of licence you hold. You must do this before you can work under the AMR scheme in the NT.

Notify Licensing NT if you're registered for any of the following occupations:

  • building practitioner
  • surveyors
  • architects
  • security officer and/or crowd controller
  • casino operative
  • gaming machine repairer and/or manager
  • casino operative
  • commercial and/or private agent
  • bookmaker key employee
  • plumbing
  • electrical
  • property agents.

How to notify

Fill in the form.

Automatic mutual recognition  notification PDF (211.4 KB)
Automatic mutual recognition  notification DOCX (78.0 KB).

Notify NT WorkSafe if you're registered for any of the following occupations:

  • gasfitter
  • shotfirer.

How to notify

Get the forms on the NT WorkSafe website.

Contact the relevant authority on how to meet notification requirements for the following occupations:

After you notify

If your application is successful, you will get a letter of acknowledgment.

You can then work under your current home state or NT registration.

Working in other states and territories

Skilled workers from the NT can practise interstate for certain occupations.

To find out if your NT licence or registration can be used in other states or territories, check that state or territory's website.

More information

Find out more on the Australian Government's Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet website.

Last updated: 17 August 2022

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