Automatic mutual recognition

Information about automatic mutual recognition, making it easier for registered professionals and tradespeople to work in other states with a single licence.

The automatic mutual recognition (AMR) scheme is a streamlined alternative to the existing mutual recognition scheme.

AMR allows workers who are licensed or registered to carry out activities in their home Australian state or territory to carry out those activities in another state or territory without the need to apply and pay fees for a licence or registration there.

AMR is available in all Australian states and territories except Queensland, which is not currently participating in the scheme. AMR does not extend to New Zealand licences and registrations and arrangements under the existing Trans-Tasman mutual recognition scheme continue to apply.

AMR is only available for individuals and does not apply to licences or registrations held by businesses.

Registrations included in the AMR scheme

From 1 December 2022, these NSW occupational registrations regulated by the EPA are included in the AMR scheme

This means workers from a participating state or territory who hold an interstate licence or registration equivalent to one of these NSW occupational registrations may be eligible to work in NSW under AMR. 

Registrations excluded from AMR scheme

Two NSW occupational registrations regulated by the EPA are exempted from the AMR scheme until at least 1 July 2024 to allow more work to be done to transition them to the scheme. These are:

If your home registration is equivalent to one of these NSW accreditations, you are not eligible to work in NSW under AMR but you may be able to apply for a NSW accreditation under the existing mutual recognition scheme.

Interstate workers intending to work in NSW under AMR

If you hold a licence or registration in another state or territory, except Queensland, you may be eligible to work in NSW under AMR.

If you are eligible and intend to work in NSW under AMR, you must notify the EPA before you commence work.

Individuals working in the NSW under AMR must comply with the conditions on their home state licence or registration, as well as comply with NSW laws and regulations.

When you notify the EPA of your intention to work in NSW under AMR, some of the information you provide about your licence or registration will appear in the relevant public register maintained by the EPA for that occupation.

Queensland workers wanting to work in NSW can

NSW workers intending to work interstate under AMR

If NSW is your home state and you hold a current NSW licence or accreditation granted by the EPA, you may be entitled work under AMR in another state or territory, except Queensland. You should contact the relevant interstate regulatory authority to check

  • the rules and regulations for the state or territory to find out if AMR has commenced for the equivalent licence or registration
  • if you are eligible     
  • whether you need to notify the interstate regulatory authority of your intention to work there
  • whether you need to meet any public protection requirements or vulnerable person character tests that are required and provide evidence (for example, certain insurance requirements).

If you are not eligible for AMR, you may be entitled to work in another state or territory under their existing mutual recognition scheme.

If you wish to work in Queensland, contact the relevant regulatory authority for information on existing mutual recognition arrangements or applying for a Queensland occupational licence or registration.

More information

Your home jurisdiction

Find out more about your eligibility to work in NSW

Australian Capital Territory, Northern Territory, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, Western Australia


New Zealand

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