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This website provides information about how an occupational licence or registration obtained in one state or territory can be recognised in another. This is called mutual recognition.

For the purpose of this website, a licence includes a registration, certificate, or other form of authorisation required under law to perform your work.

States and territories worked together to agree on equivalent occupational licences and registrations across the country, so that joint ministerial declarations by ministers could be made. Not all licensed occupations have been subject to a ministerial declaration. A list of licensed occupations covered by a ministerial declaration can be found below.

More information about mutual recognition of licensed occupations and ministerial declarations can be found on the Mutual Recognition page. 

How to find the equivalent licence in another state or territory

This website provides licence holders or licensing regulators with the ability to search for an agreed equivalent licence or registration in another state or territory. If you believe you are eligible for an equivalent licence, you must lodge an application with the new jurisdiction to confirm your licence outcome. The relevant licensing authority will determine your licence outcome, which may include additional conditions. You will also be required to to pay any relevant fees. To perform a licence search please go to the Licence Search page.

What licensed occupations are covered by ministerial declarations

If your occupation is listed below it is covered by a ministerial declaration and a search for an equivalent licence can be performed.

  • Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics
  • ​Lineworkers
  • ​Auto-gas Installers
  • ​Mine management occupations
  • ​Building related occupations
  • ​Motor Vehicle Repairers
  • ​Bricklayers
  • Pest and Weed Controllers
  • ​Cable Jointers
  • Passenger Vehicle Drivers
  • ​Carpenters and Joiners
  • ​Pilot and Escort Vehicle Drivers
  • ​Conveyancers
  • ​Plumbers and Gas-fitters
  • Driving Instructors
  • ​Property Agents
  • ​Drivers transporting dangerous goods and explosives
  • Pyrotechnicians
  • ​Electrical Contractors
  • ​Restricted Electrical Licence holders
  • ​Electrical Fitters
  • ​Shotfirers
  • Electricians
  • ​Valuers
  • ​Gaming occupations

If your occupation or licence is not listed

A licence equivalence search is not available for all licensed occupations. If you are a licence holder and the occupation you are looking for is not listed, or you are unable to find an equivalent licence, you are still entitled to have your licence considered under mutual recognition. You should contact the licensing authority in the state or territory where you are planning to work for advice on how to proceed with a mutual recognition application. It should be noted that not all occupations are licensed in all jurisdictions.

If you hold a New Zealand licence

Under the Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Arrangement, a New Zealand licence holder can apply for recognition of their existing licence in Australia. Please contact the licensing authority in the state and territory where you are planning to work for advice on how to proceed with a mutual recognition application.

Licensing Authorities

Contact information for licensing authorities in each state and territory is available on the Licensing Contacts page.


Answers to frequently asked questions about mutual recognition and licensing requirements can be found on the FAQs page.