In conjunction with the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council and the Animal Health Committee, the AVA has helped develop a model for national recognition of veterinary registration across Australia.
This was to allow veterinarians to move and practise more easily across state borders, and also to allow greater competition in veterinary services in line with National Competition Policy.
Veterinarians have been required to be registered in every state they want to practise, and this initiative will reduce red tape, allow greater freedom of movement for veterinarians responding to national crises or working for national animal enterprises.
State legislation to enact the model is in the process of being introduced progressively across jurisdictions. In Victoria and in New South Wales, veterinarians registered in another Australian jurisdiction can practise without registering again in Victoria or New South Wales. Other states are in the process of preparing similar legislation.