Objective 1.1

Ease of movement of people, capital, services and data across borders

Action 1.1L

Government and industry will jointly increase the international mobility of professionals with key export markets by establishing mutual recognition arrangements of professional licensing and registration, and pathways for foreign professionals to practice for a limited time or in a limited capacity.

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Government response
Related Action/s

Continue to pursue the recognition of Australian qualifications and professional recognition overseas, and in-demand foreign qualifications in Australia.


Relevant Australian regulators and industry associations should work with counterparts in key markets to develop a special category of professional recognition to allow international professionals to practice aspects of their profession in the host-country.


Progress to date

Australia continues to include professional services specific chapters or annexes in free trade agreements to provide an ongoing facilitative mechanism for regulators and industry associations to work with counterparts to:

  • develop temporary, limited or project-specific licensing or registration regime for professionals; and
  • negotiate and implement mutual recognition agreements.

Australia has at least 56 mutual recognition agreements of professional qualifications, licensing or registration across 19 countries and seven professions. Of those agreements, 19 were finalised since the establishment of DFAT’s Professional Services and Mutual Recognition Unit in 2016, including in three new markets, representing a 51 per cent increase.

Australia is funding two Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) projects on improving professional mobility. One will map the mutual recognition arrangements in which APEC economies have entered. The other will share best practices and promote the adoption of digital credentialing for professionals.

The $50 million Cyber Security National Workforce Growth Program will ensure that cyber security skills required now can be developed quickly and a pipeline of cyber security skills for the future is embedded in Australian business to support secure ongoing operation in a digital economy through a range of initiatives including the Cyber Security Skills Partnership Innovation Fund. The Fund will support industry and education providers to work together to promote career pathways, training, apprenticeships and internships to attract people to cyber security careers.

The Program will also will enhance voluntary professional accreditation of tertiary cyber security courses to ensure they meet contemporary industry needs.