National licensing inadequate: Coalition

Posted on September 11, 2013 by | 0 Comments

The Coalition has described the Labor Party’s implementation of the National Occupational Licensing System (NOLS) as “poor”, in a letter to the Real Estate Institute of New South Wales (REINSW).

“The Coalition is supportive of the stated aims of national licensing,” federal campaign director Brian Loughnane wrote to REINSW last week.

“However, implementation has been poor. Labor has made little progress in relation to national licensing of property occupations, and there has been inadequate communication and collaboration with states and territories and key stakeholders.

“The important thing is that national occupational licensing achieves its aims, but without reducing consumer protection or creating unreasonable new or additional requirements such as compliance costs.”

REINSW CEO Tim McKibbin said it was gratifying to know the Coalition recognised the threat that NOLS posed to the real estate profession, the property market and consumers.

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