The Mutual Recognition Act 1992 (section 32) enables ministers from two or more states or territories to jointly declare that specified occupations are equivalent, and also declare any conditions necessary to achieve equivalence. States and territories worked together to agree on equivalent occupational licences and registrations across the country, so that joint declarations by ministers could be made.
Not all licensed occupations have been subject to a ministerial declaration. The mutual recognition of licences and registrations not included in the declarations will continue to be a matter for decision by the relevant licensing authority. It should be noted that not all occupations are licensed in all jurisdictions.
Ministerial declarations are published on the Federal Register of Legislative Instruments and only have effect in the jurisdictions involved.
Currently there are no ministerial declarations for specified licensed occupations between Australia and New Zealand.