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Replacement of Australian Recognised Trade Certificate Program

Aust Gov
8th September 2017

Regulation Impact Statement – Department of Education and Training

On 22 June 2017, the Government introduced legislation to repeal the Tradespersons’ Rights Regulation Act 1946 (TRR Act), the principal legislation underpinning the Australian Recognised Trade Certificate Program (ARTC Program). This was the final stage of replacing the ARTC Program with the Trades Recognition Service (TRS), originally agreed to in 2013 by the former Government and first recommended in 1998.

The ARTC Program provided a path to skills recognition for overseas-trained tradespersons, but was not keeping pace with contemporary training and assessment standards. Under the TRS applicants are required to be assessed by Trades Recognition Australia-approved Registered Training Organisations, ensuring that applicants are assessed against the nationally-recognised Australian Qualifications Framework.

A Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) was prepared and certified by the Department of Education and Training under the Australian Government best practice regulation requirements. The Office of Best Practice Regulation (OBPR) has assessed the RIS as compliant and consistent with best practice.

The RIS estimates the average annual regulatory cost of the change at $1.9 million a year, and identifies offsets. The OBPR has agreed to the regulatory cost and offset estimates.

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