The Australian Arborist Industry Licence is a new national initiative developed by Arboriculture Australia in partnership with the state and territory arboricultural organisations to recgonise the professionalism of qualified arborists.
The development of this licence has been driven by the general demand of the arboriculture industry (including municipalities, state and federal government agencies, private enterprise, construction companies, utilities, arborists and vegetation workers) who are frustrated with the industry being unregulated. This is a national issue with inexpert loppers and toppers cutting and removing healthy and valuable trees, and inexperienced unqualified 'consultants' giving poor advice. In the worst cases, unscrupulous 'consultants' sell out, providing biased, unprofessional advice to meet the desired outcomes of land owners and developers.
The new arborist licence allows stakeholders to quickly confirm that an arborist is qualified for the work they are conducting. With the support of a wide cross-section of industry and accelerating national uptake, the Arborist industry licence will soon be a 'must-have' for professional tree workers.