Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Act

New Zealand and Australia have agreed to recognise each other's professional flight crew and aircraft maintenance engineer licences. The agreement is part of the Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Act (TTMRA), which also applies to most other professional qualifications.

In New Zealand, this means that holders of a current Australian Commercial Pilot Licence or Airline Transport Pilot Licence are eligible to register under the TTMRA and be issued with an equivalent New Zealand licence. Holders of current Australian command instrument ratings, command type endorsements (called type ratings in New Zealand) or agricultural ratings may also have the appropriate equivalent New Zealand ratings issued during the registration process.

Australian Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Licence holders who register under the TTMRA may exercise the privileges of their licences in New Zealand without having to hold a New Zealand licence. This also applies to current Australian AMEL ratings and AMEL categories.

Maintenance engineers operating in New Zealand under the TTMRA, are required to keep their qualifications continuously current in terms of the Australian legislation.

For information on pilot licensing – see Pilots

For further information on Maintenance engineer licensing – see Getting an Aircraft Maintenance Engineers Licence