Former API National President appointed to national licensing scheme

Philip Weston has been appointed to the Valuers National Occupational Licensing System

The National Occupational Licensing Authority (NOLA) has appointed former API National President Philip Weston as a member of the Valuers National Occupational Licensing System (OLAC).

Mr Weston took time to explain his appointment and why it’s important to both the industry and Australian Property Institute (API) members.

Why is this important for the API and its members?

With the API having a presence on the NOLA – the API’s views on a national occupational licence for valuers will be well represented. Without such representation, NOLA may not be cognisant of the important role that the valuer plays for many individuals who are often making the biggest financial decisions in their lifetime. For example, one of the possible scenarios would be to have no licencing system or registration process for valuers. This could potentially mean that anyone with very limited or no training or skill base could become a valuer. The potential impact of such a decision could be devastating to the property industry and the public. An API presence will minimise the opportunity for this to occur.

How many representatives are on the Valuers OLAC?

The number of advisors on each OLAC will vary. However, the objective is to ensure that there is a fair representation of occupational and consumer views across the industry. The valuer occupation is part of the property, electrical, plumbing and gas fitting; refrigeration, air-conditioning; building, conveyance and valuer OLAC.

How does the Valuers OLAC fit in with the wider work of NOLA?

The Occupational Licensing National Law requires the establishment of permanent Occupational Licence Advisory Committees (OLACs) to provide advice to the Authority on licensing policy matters for each National Occupational Licencing occupation. The OLACs include a balance of expertise relevant to each occupational area across regulation, industry operations and practices (from both a union and employee perspective), safety, consumer advocacy, insurance (where relevant) and training.

They have been established to look at areas such as licence categories, scopes of work, skilled and non-skilled eligibility requirements (qualifications, skills, knowledge and experience) and other licence characteristics (exemptions, endorsements, restrictions and conditions), implementation, communication and monitoring of the system once implemented.

What are your responsibilities as a committee member?

To ensure that the views of the API, consumers and other stakeholders are adequately communicated.

How often will you meet?

No advice of the first meeting has been provided however the OLAC is expected to begin work in earnest in early 2014.

For more information about NOLA and OLAC visit http://nola.gov.au/