Recognition of interstate or NZ gas licences

Automatic mutual recognition

The automatic mutual recognition (AMR) scheme came into effect on 1 July 2021. The scheme allows for workers who hold an occupational licence or registration to work in another state or territory without applying for a new licence or registration.

The Queensland Government is not currently participating in the AMR scheme. You must hold a Queensland gas work licence or Queensland gas work authorisation before you can do any gas work in Queensland, regardless of whether the work is residential, commercial or industrial.

Queensland gas fitters who wish to undertake gas work interstate should contact the relevant interstate regulator for further information on licencing, mutual recognition and automatic mutual recognition.

Find out more about automatic mutual recognition.

If you hold an authority to carry out gas work in another Australian state or territory, or New Zealand, you may be eligible to apply under mutual recognition for an equivalent gas work licence or authorisation in Queensland.

If approved, any limits or conditions on your authority (e.g. type A only, LPG only, NG only, interim) will be applied to the equivalent Queensland gas work licence or authorisation.

How to apply

You can apply online using the online application form. You'll need to provide:

  • copy of the front and back of your current authority
  • copy of your driver's licence or photo identification card
  • completed Mutual recognition statutory declaration (DOCX, 42KB) (Copies of statutory declarations that are certified by an authorised witness can be provided electronically as permitted under s16 of the Electronic Transactions (Queensland) Act 2001).

You will also be required to provide a digital photograph taken within the last 6 months that meets the Australian passport photo guidelines.

What happens next

Your application will be decided within 10 business days of submitting your fully completed application.

During this period, you are 'deemed' to be registered in Queensland and can work under your current interstate or New Zealand licence (subject to any limits or conditions).

If your application is refused, you will need to stop work in Queensland within 2 weeks of being notified. You can finish any gas work that was in progress at the time of notification, but cannot start any new work.

Removing interstate or New Zealand conditions

After receiving your equivalent licence, you can apply to remove any limits of conditions provided you comply with Queensland gas work licence and authorisation requirements.

Once you have met the relevant requirements, you will need to amend your licence or authorisation issued under mutual recognition by lodging a new application. Fees apply.