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Mainland Australia Is Free Of Travel Agent Licensing

August 22, 2014 Association No Comments Email Email

Late last night the Western Australian parliament repealed the Travel Agents Act 1985 removing the need for licensing for travel agents in Western Australia. 

The Government Bill passed with bipartisan support of all parties and will now be presented to the Western Australian Governor for royal ascent. The Western Australian act agrees to the transitional arrangements as the Consumer Affairs Ministers agreed on 7 December, 2012.

AFTA CEO, Jayson Westbury applauded the WA Government on this monumental decision. “After extensive and careful consultation with industry, consumers and within government itself, the decision has been taken to end licensing for all travel agents which brings Western Australia in line with decisions made by all the other mainland States and Territories. The Government came to the conclusion that WA could not go it alone and retain a State-based licensing system and compensation fund, as this would put travel agents at a distinct disadvantage when competing with interstate and overseas agents,” Westbury said.

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