Over 18 months ago, the Housing Industry Association (HIA) provided a submission to the Productivity Commission concerning the proposal to adopt a mutual recognition scheme to cover state and territory occupational licensing.

This initiative was the highly diluted substitute for the failure to extract the enormous benefit that would flow by the adoption of a singular national licensing system for targeted occupations particularly in the building and construction sector. The HIA’s submission provides a fairly succinct outline of what might be expected…