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Less Red Tape For Tradies In NSW And Queensland

Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall revealed a new cross-border agreement proposal between the governments of NSW and Queensland, which might interest many a Brisbane plumber and other tradies in the two states. This new proposal will allow tradies and small businesses in NSW and Queensland to work across state regions without needing multiple licenses, which will lessen the fees and the red tape they have to deal with.

Mr. Marshall said that small businesses and tradies would be able to save hundreds of dollars annually under the proposal, submitted by the NSW Government, which will allow licence holders to operate across state lines.

The deal was struck between the two governments and associated agencies allows for a new Automatic Mutual Recognition (AMR) program, which will apply to architects, drainers, gasfitters and plumbers, good news for any Sydney or Brisbane plumber who’s looking to migrate to the borders.

Mr. Marshall says that the AMR program will allow operators to work in any state or territory across the country, which will allow them to give consumers more options. He says the issue that many northern and north western businesses have with operating across the borders is the number of border communities located across the Northern Tablelands, which means that the AMR program is a good first step on cutting down on hassle, which, he says is part of the NSW Government’s commitment to cut down on red tape for small businesses, as well as give consumers the best options.

Marshall says that the multiple licenses and inconsistencies across government services, policies and laws had a detrimental impact on businesses. For example, refrigeration and air-conditioning businesses operating across the border with Queensland that need a total of four licenses to operate (one in the Commonwealth, one in NSW, and two in Queensland) which can be problematic given that the current application fee for a trade or specialist contractor in NSW sat at $312 for a one-year licence.

He says that tradies and professionals working across the northern areas will get the most out of the AMR program, where licence requirements can be restrictive for both businesses and consumers.

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Construction Of Training Facility Already Started

Advanced Construction Engineering or ACE Centre is currently under construction at the Booth Lane campus of Northampton College. The facility is designed to be a training center for the coming generation of decorators, builders and plumbers. The staff of the training facility will teach the students new techniques regarding the skills they are focusing on. This is to ensure that the next generation of workforce will have the necessary and updated skills which are needed in order to meet the industry’s demand.

According to the principal of the facility, Pat Brennan-Barrett who was at the groundbreaking ceremony, the courses they are offering will make sure that they will create a group of students that are highly skilled and high quality. These students will have the technical skills that is currently lacking in the industry which will ensure that the workforce within the construction industry will have a long-term effect and a modern touch.

The facility will be equipped with Digital Lab along with a Virtual Reality classroom. There will be equipment for 3D printing and workshop tools and machines that are on par with the standards of today’s industries. The centre is expected to be completed in September of 2019.

Jake Berry, Northern Powerhouse and Local Growth’s minister, said that the centre is going to have a huge and lasting impact on the engineering and construction industries around Northampton and even beyond that.

Pledges came from fifteen leading companies such as Metcalfe’s, Kier, Murphy Group and Bowmer& Kirkland that are interested in becoming partners with the centre.

Part of the money used for the construction came from Skills Capital Fund of SEMLEP which is an external source.

According to SEMLEP’s director of programmes and governance, Judith Barker, major construction companies are now looking for solutions to worries about the ageing workforce and the widening skills gap therefore this is considered as a priority. They are happy to know that local employers are willing to play their part in supporting the ACE Centre.

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