Electricians Applaud NSW Fair Trading For Common-Sense Approach

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10 June 2014

Master Electricians Australia (MEA) today congratulated NSW Fair Trading for introducing the Mutual Recognition Bill 2014 which will cut red tape and boost productivity for small business.

The Mutual Recognition Bill will enable certain licensed occupations from other States, including electricians, to carry out their trade in NSW on the basis of the licence they hold in their home State.

MEA NSW State Manager Jody McGann said the Bill was a common-sense and low-cost solution to labour mobility issues which had long been an issue for electricians in regional border communities.

“Automatic Mutual Recognition makes it easier to do business in NSW, lift productivity and drive down costs for consumers,” Ms McGann said.

“Fair Trading has put consumer protection and businesses needs first by ensuring only appropriately qualified electricians perform work, while removing the need to hold two licences to do the same work in different States.”

Ms McGann said it was disappointing the Mutual Recognition Bill only applied to electricians and not electrical contractors.

“Fair Trading has taken a big step to cut red tape for small business and boost productivity but it needs to be applied more widely to include all contractors, not just electricians,” she said.

“Business drives the economy and by removing unnecessary regulation and costs for all contractors we can boost our economy.

“There is absolutely no reason why the Mutual Recognition Bill 2014 should apply only to electricians and not also to electrical contractors.”

Master Electricians Australia also applauded the NSW Government following its announcement it would expand and improve the NSW Energy Saving Scheme.

“NSW is quickly becoming Australia’s centre of energy policy excellence with the Government steadily rolling out policies to fix electricity system and reduce energy bills.”