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Tuesday, 15 August 1989
Page: 84

(Question No. 1072)

Senator Macklin asked the Minister representing the Minister for Employment, Education and Training, upon notice, on 14 June 1989:

When will the review of overseas qualifications of immigrants currently being undertaken by the Departments of Employment, Education and Training, Immigration, Local Government and Ethnic Affairs and Finance be completed.

Senator Walsh —The Minister for Employment, Education and Training has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

I announced on 12 April 1989 the Government's reform strategy for the recognition of overseas skills and qualifications in my statement ``Improving Australia's Training System''.

The reform program is to be carried out through a number of initiatives including:

establishing a National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition in the Employment, Education and Training Portfolio

administrative reforms to the machinery of the Tradesmen's Rights Regulation Act

encouraging State initiatives, including State overseas qualifications units and better Commonwealth-State cooperative arrangements

better access to bridging and retraining action.

The States have endorsed the Commonwealth's broad strategy for reform of recognition of overseas qualifications.

My colleague the Minister for Industrial Relations advised the House of Representatives on 30 May 1989 that the Government has reviewed the operations of the Tradesmen's Rights Regulation Act and has agreed to streamline its procedures.

I am presently considering matters relating to the establishment of the National Office on Overseas Skills Recognition. I will announce the outcomes of those deliberations at the earliest opportunity