THE AUSTRALIAN PARTIES:
THE COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA
THE STATE OF NEW SOUTH WALES
THE STATE OF VICTORIA
THE STATE OF QUEENSLAND
THE STATE OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA
THE STATE OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA
THE STATE OF TASMANIA
THE AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY
THE NORTHERN TERRITORY OF AUSTRALIA
RELATING TO TRANS-TASMAN MUTUAL RECOGNITION
A. The purpose of the Arrangement is to give effect to a scheme implementing mutual recognition
principles between the Parties relating to the sale of Goods and the Registration of Occupations,
consistent with the protection of public health and safety and the environment.
B. The objective of the Arrangement is to remove regulatory barriers to the movement of Goods and
service providers between Australia and New Zealand, and to thereby facilitate trade between the two
countries. This is intended to enhance the international competitiveness of Australian and New Zealand
enterprises, increase the level of transparency in trading arrangements, encourage innovation and
reduce compliance costs for business.
C. This Arrangement records the understandings reached by the Parties. These understandings are
confined to matters within the Jurisdiction of each Party.
D. In entering into this Arrangement, the Parties recognise the mutually beneficial economic and trade
framework which has developed under the 1983 Australia-New Zealand Closer Economic Relations
Trade Agreement and believe that trans-Tasman mutual recognition is a logical extension of this
relationship. In particular, the Parties believe that a Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Arrangement
will enhance the international competitiveness of Australian and New Zealand enterprises.
E. It is also intended that this Arrangement will contribute to the development of the Asia Pacific
region by providing a possible model of cooperation with other economies, including those in the
South Pacific and APEC.
F. The Parties recognise that th