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Mutual recognition schemes

Commissioned study

This study has concluded. The research report was released on 25 September 2015. The commissioned study was into the operation of Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) and the Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Arrangement (TTMRA).

  • Issues paper 15 Jan 2015
  • Draft report 26 Jun 2015
  • Final report 25 Sep 2015

The issues paper is available and was intended to assist you in preparing a submission. It covers a range of issues on which the Commission sought information and feedback.

Initial submissions were due 27 February 2015.

Read the issues paper

Please note: The draft report is for research purposes only. For final outcomes of this study refer to the final research report.

Read the draft report

The final report was released on 25 September 2015 and assesses the coverage, efficiency and effectiveness of the Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) and Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Arrangement (TTMRA).

Read the research report

The Commission was asked to:

  • assess the coverage, efficiency and effectiveness of the MRA and TTMRA
  • recommend ways to further improve inter-jurisdictional movement of goods and skilled workers, and reduce red tape
  • consider how to address any use-of-goods requirements that are restricting the sale of goods under the MRA and TTMRA
  • report on issues associated with extending mutual recognition to business registration
  • consider how the Agreement on Trans-Tasman Court Proceedings and Regulatory Enforcement could facilitate Trans-Tasman provision of services, based on a single occupational registration
  • examine the extent to which Commonwealth regulatory agencies are aware of their mutual recognition obligations and have implemented associated processes.

In undertaking the study, the Commission was to consult relevant stakeholders in Australia and New Zealand, including the Cross-Jurisdictional Review Forum and to substantiate recommendations.

On completion the Commission's report shall be presented to Australian Heads of Government and the New Zealand Prime Minister.