In August 2020, the Treasurer announced that the government had agreed to introduce a uniform scheme for the automatic mutual recognition (AMR) of occupational registrations. This is part of a set of reforms to assist Australia’s recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.
Occupational registrations (or licences) are required for a range of occupations across the workforce such as electricians, plumbers, gasfitters, teachers, real estate agents and security workers.
AMR allows a person who is registered in one jurisdiction to be considered registered to perform the same activities in another state or jurisdiction, without the need to go through further application processes or pay additional registration fees.
PwC estimated that AMR could lead to an additional $2.4 billion in economic activity over ten years. This comes as a result from savings to workers, businesses and productivity improvements. Over 160,000 workers would benefit, including 44,000 people who will work interstate that would not otherwise have done so.
On the 13th of November 2020, the National Cabinet agreed to commence with AMR from the 1st of July 2021.
Regulation Changes Require Digital Age Practices
CredShare agrees with and supports the intent behind Automatic Mutual Recognition (AMR).
The dividend being sought in this regulation can only be achieved through digital age processes and practices.
CredShare believes the following additional principles should guide the implementation of AMR:
- An Australian Government approved digital identity should be mandatory for every participant registering in a home state.
- A second state or jurisdiction cannot accept any credential without an associated Australian Government approved digital identity being linked to that credential.
- Any originating state or jurisdiction must act as an Issuing Authority. It must be able to verify any credential presented to any second state for work, study or travel.
- Individuals seeking to work in a second state or jurisdiction must have their credentials determined as essential, or desirable, for work-related activity. And are viewable by an employer in a timely, accurate and efficient manner.
- The validity of credentials must be guaranteed as accurate. At all times only those invited to view documents are allowed to do so.
- A system should be provided to alert individuals that their originating state or jurisdiction credentials are approved. If not approved, the reason why should be provided.
CredShare Provides a Solution
The purpose of a multilayer verification and security system of credential sharing is two-fold:
- Reduce or eliminate the potential for fraud in credentials presented to the second state or jurisdiction.
- Improve the speed and accuracy of the information being transferred.
The following key principles of CredShare’s process should be followed. This allows the accurate recognition of credentials across a sharing process:
- ‘I am who I say I am’ through an Australian Government digital identity capability.
- ‘This credential is what it says it is’ through online real-time verification from the issuing authority.
- ‘I own it’ by it being held in an individual’s secure online account.
- ‘I determine who needs to view this credential’ by combining an individual permission layer with a second state online enterprise viewing and management system.
CredShare is Here to Help
Managing the mobility of qualifications across workforce jurisdictions is critical to the growth of the economy.
It not only allows for a simplified recruitment process but also reinforces the value of the original qualification and saves individuals time, money and effort.
This is good for business and enterprises alike.
CredShare’s capability goes a long way to eliminating issues around recognition and ‘like for like’ acceptance of qualification.
To learn more about CredShare’s capability, look to sign up as an individual or organisation today!