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Mutual recognition for builders

The Mutual Recognition Act 1992 permits people holding a registration, licence, permit or authorisation to carry out building work in another Australian state or territory or in New Zealand to apply for a registration to undertake that work in Victoria.

Similarly, if you are looking to work outside Victoria, you may apply for mutual recognition of your Victorian registration in other Australian states or territories, or in New Zealand.

You must have a current equivalent interstate or New Zealand registration, licence, permit or authorisation to apply for registration as a building practitioner in Victoria via the Mutual Recognition scheme.

Start your application

Save and complete the following form on your computer (do not handwrite; it will take longer to process). The application form includes a checklist on the front page to assist you with the process.

You must not make any written or oral statement to the VBA in relation to an application for registration (or for the renewal of registration) that you know, or should reasonably know, is false.

Submit your application

Sign and submit a hard copy of your completed Mutual Recognition Application Form, plus certified copies of your interstate or New Zealand registration, licence, permit or authorisation. Find out who can certify documents (PDF, 213.23 KB).

By mail:

Victorian Building Authority
GPO Box 536
Melbourne VIC 3001

In person:

Victorian Building Authority
Goods Shed North
733 Bourke Street
Docklands 3008

What happens after you apply

Once you apply for registration in a category or class of building practitioner, we will check you have completed the application form correctly and submitted the required documents.

If we do not accept your application

We will send you a letter to explain what information is missing, and then you may resubmit the application.

If we accept your application

We will check the accuracy of your submitted information, and work out whether you have the equivalent qualifications and experience to qualify for registration in the category and class of Victorian building practitioner you are seeking.

Throughout this process, we may ask you for further information to help our assessment. We may send our request by letter or email.