Red tape to be slashed for NSW tradies

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NSW tradies will soon be able to work anywhere in the country without having to pay additional registration or renewal fees.

The change follows a push by the national cabinet of Australian governments for a system that allows tradies to work in multiple states and territories.

The NSW government has introduced legislation for the national Automatic Mutual Recognition scheme which, if approved by parliament, is due to take effect in July.

NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said the changes could inject billions into the economy.

"This will make it easier and less expensive for occupational licensees and businesses to perform the same activities across state borders, increasing jobs, economic activity, competition, and innovation," Mr Perrottet said on Thursday.

Tradies and other licensed professionals would be able to work in other jurisdictions without paying additional registration or renewal fees.

The NSW government has also introduced legislation to extend the relaxation of regulations brought in at the height of the pandemic, to help drive jobs growth.

If passed, the relaxed regulations would continue to allow deliveries to retail premises 24-hours a day, as well as allowing businesses to continue practising social distancing via digital documents and audio-visual links.

Mr Perrottet is leading a whole-of-government evaluation to work out which measures should remain in place permanently.

"We're committed to cutting red tape and regulation to drive job creation and support businesses as we reignite our economy over the coming months," he said.