New pool of hospitality workers created which will work interstate

Chefs and waitstaff working together in busy restaurant kitchen

The number of hospitality workers is being boosted to help NSW businesses struggling with staff shortages.

The Automatic Mutual Recognition program is part of a new Federal Government program called JobPass, which aims to support and improve occupational mobility across Australia. 

Minister for Skills and Training Alister Henskens said this adds to the NSW Government’s recent funding of 10,000 fee-free RSA courses to get more workers into the sector.

“Whether you’re a school-leaver or looking for a career change, now is the perfect time to enter the dynamic NSW hospitality industry,” Mr Henskens said.

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The Automatic Mutual Recognition initiative allows certified Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) staff from Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania, Western Australia and the ACT  to work in NSW without needing new credentials.

Minister for Hospitality and Racing Kevin Anderson said the hospitality sector is continuing to struggle with staff shortages post the COVID-19 pandemic, so creating a wider talent pool will help ease some pressure on the sector.

“The industry has experienced incredible hardship over the past two years and that’s why we need to do everything we can to support it and get businesses booming and the sector thriving once again,” Mr Anderson said.

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“Previously, hospitality workers who wanted to temporarily work in NSW had to spend time and money getting additional RSA certification. This initiative makes it easier for RSA holders to get working as soon as they arrive,” Mr Anderson said.

For more information go to: Making it easier for registered professionals to work interstate | NSW Government.