Australia and New Zealand Mutual Recognition of Professional Qualifications (MRPQ) Qualitative Research Project

Australia New Zealand Mutual Recognition


The outputs of this project will be:

  1. A review of the relevant mutual recognition literature, beginning with Department for International Trade analytical study into MRAs in place between UK/Australia/NZ;
  2. A brief history of the evolution of MRPQ arrangements and policy in Australia and New Zealand; 
  3. A full review of MRPQ arrangements in Australia and New Zealand in the three sectors architecture, engineering, law; 
  4. An analysis of MRPQ arrangements in Australia and New Zealand in the three identified sectors setting out perceived main barriers to achieving equivalence in professional qualifications;
  5. An analysis of the institutional framework surrounding MRPQ in Australia and New Zealand across all jurisdictions and including private sector involvement in such framework; and
  6. An analysis of the implications of these findings for further Australia-UK economic cooperation.

The project will seek to address the following questions:

  1. How strong is each profession’s appetite in both Australia and New Zealand, to negotiate MRAs with the UK?
  2. What are the key factors determining professional demand for MRAs?
  3. Even if there is professional demand, what factors can prevent MRAs being negotiated in practice?

Fields of research

Commercial and Contract Law; Law Reform

Project team

Anne McNaughton

Project start

7 January 2019

Project status

Completed - Pending final report



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