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New grant to improve licence mobility for teachers

Ministers:

The Hon Alan Tudge MP
Minister for Education and Youth
The Hon Ben Morton MP
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister and Cabinet
Minister for the Public Service
Special Minister of State

The Morrison Government is challenging start-ups and small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) to develop innovative regtech solutions to improve information sharing across jurisdictions in the education sector.

Under the Business Research and Innovative Initiative (BRII), start-ups and SMEs can apply for grants to increase the uptake of Automatic Mutual Recognition (AMR).

The national AMR scheme makes it easier for workers who need to be licenced or registered for their job to work elsewhere in Australia. It removes the need for a worker to pay and apply for a new licence or registration when working across multiple jurisdictions, saving them time and money.

Minister for Education and Youth Alan Tudge said AMR in the education sector will address a critical need for teachers.

“The introduction of AMR will remove unnecessary red tape, and make it easier for educators to take up opportunities in other parts of Australia,” Minister Tudge said.

“But it’s important there is accurate and timely sharing of information around registration and licencing, so this is an opportunity for start-ups and SMEs to develop ideas and prototypes that streamline that administrative burden.”

Minister Assisting the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Ben Morton, said AMR is expected to directly benefit over 168,000 workers each year and add more than $2.4 billion to the economy over the next ten years, by cutting red tape, while also improving services for consumers.

“AMR enables state and territory regulators to continue compliance activity in an efficient and effective manner. This results in a greater need for real-time exchange of regulatory information between jurisdictions,” Minister Morton said.

The $6.5 million program includes grants of up to $70,000 for successful applicants to develop their ideas and test feasibility, with successful ideas eligible for a grant of up to $675,000 to develop a prototype or proof of concept.

Applications open 19 October 2021 and close 30 November 2021.

More information is available at www.business.gov.au/BRII