Automatic Mutual Recognition

What is Automatic Mutual Recognition?

Automatic Mutual Recognition (AMR) is a national scheme allowing individuals to use their home state or territory occupational registration or licence to work in participating Australian states and territories.

It allows individuals who hold registration or licences in an Australian state or territory to perform the activities allowed under their registration or licence in another part of Australia, subject to some exceptions. This is known as automatic deemed registration (ADR).

Building and plumbing practitioners who wish to operate in Victoria under an automatic deemed registration must complete the required Automatic Deemed Notification form and supply it to the VBA prior to commencing any work in Victoria.

A worker’s home state or territory is their primary place of residence or work.

Interstate practitioners

A practitioner intending to rely on AMR to work in Victoria must be registered for the relevant occupation in a State or Territory that has also adopted the AMR scheme.

At present, that is limited to the following States and Territories:

  • New South Wales
  • Tasmania
  • South Australia
  • Australian Capital Territory
  • Northern Territory.

Check this web page regularly for updates on the availability of AMR for your state.

Victorian practitioners

Victorian practitioners who wish to practice in another state or territory under AMR should contact the relevant interstate regulator to check if AMR has commenced in that jurisdiction.

Existing Mutual Recognition Scheme

AMR does not replace registration with the VBA via mutual recognition. More information about mutual recognition and how to apply can be found on the Mutual recognition for builders webpage.

Eligibility

Individual building practitioners (except building surveyors and building inspectors) are entitled to participate in AMR in Victoria from 1 January 2022. Please note the notification and insurance requirements outlined below.

Occupations exempt from ADR in Victoria

States and territories can exempt occupations from AMR for a temporary period as a transitional measure. The Victorian Government has excluded the following occupations from AMR until 1 July 2022:

  • all plumbing practitioners
  • building inspectors
  • building surveyors.

Other exclusions

The following are ineligible to participate in the AMR:

  • Companies holding accreditation in building or plumbing occupations.
  • Individuals holding New Zealand accreditation in building or plumbing occupations.

What activities can be undertaken in Victoria under AMR?

A person who has ADR is entitled to carry on an activity in the second State to the same extent that they are authorised to carry on the activity in their home state or territory. This is the case even if the occupation in Victoria allows licensed or registered workers to perform a wider range of activities.

Notification requirements

Eligible interstate practitioners seeking to work in Victoria under ADR are required to notify the VBA by completing the relevant notification form prior to the commencement of any work in Victoria.

The VBA will contact you if we require further details or there is an issue with you working under AMR in Victoria.

You will not be issued with a second registration or licence card, and you will not have to pay any fee.

Significant penalties apply for unlicensed or unregistered work in Victoria.

You must also notify the VBA if your home state or territory changes.

Once you notify the VBA of your intent to work in Victoria, some of the details provided in your ADR Notification Form will appear in an online public register (DOCX, 237.82 KB).

Insurance

Practitioners performing activities in Victoria under AMR must hold the relevant insurance. Evidence of this insurance is required to be provided as part of the notification. It is an offence for a building practitioner to work in Victoria without the required insurance.

To determine the insurance that you must hold in Victoria and supply with your AMR Notification Form, see Building insurance requirements webpage.

Eligibility to work under AMR in Victoria

To be eligible to carry on an activity in Victoria under AMR, you must:

  1. Hold a substantive current registration or licence in your home state or territory. Your home state or territory must be participating in AMR.
  2. Provide an ADR Notification Form to the VBA, including evidence of:
    • your substantive registration
    • your home state or territory outside of Victoria
    • the required insurance.
  3. Not, as a result of disciplinary, civil or criminal action in any state or territory in relation to the occupation that covers the activity:
    • have a suspended or cancelled licence or registration
    • have conditions on your registration or licence
    • be personally prohibited from carrying out the activity or occupation.
  4. Not be subject to disciplinary, civil or criminal action in any state or territory in relation to the occupation that covers the activity.
  5. Not have been refused registration in any state or territory for an occupation that covers the activity.
  6. Meet public protection requirements required in Victoria to carry on the activity and provide evidence of this to the VBA (for example, holding the required insurance to undertake the activities allowed in your home state or territory registration in Victoria).

If you are unsure about whether you are eligible to participate under AMR in Victoria, please contact the VBA via 1300 815 127 or email the customer service team.

Breaches of Victorian laws and requirements

While undertaking an activity in Victoria under AMR, you are subject to Victorian disciplinary arrangements. If you fail to comply with Victorian laws regulating your activity, this can result in your ability to work in Victoria under AMR being suspended or cancelled.

Suspension or cancellation of your ability to work in Victoria under AMR will also result in your registration or licence in your home state or territory being suspended or cancelled. This may also affect your access to AMR in the future.