Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency
The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) is the organisation responsible for the implementation of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme across Australia.
AHPRA’s operations are governed by the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act 2009, which came into effect on 1 July 2010. This law means that in Australia, 10 health professions are nationally registered by a single agency and regulated by nationally consistent legislation.
AHPRA is responsible for the registration of all health practitioners and students and supports the 10 National Health Practitioner Boards that are responsible for regulating the 10 health professions named by this legislation. Investigations into the professional conduct, performance or health of registered health practitioners is managed by AHPRA on behalf of the Boards; except in NSW where this is undertaken by the Health Professional Councils Authority and the Health Care Complaints Commission.
For more information about the role and responsibilities of AHPRA and to access the register of health practitioners visit their website
Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia
The primary role of the Boards is to protect the public and they set standards and policies that all registered health practitioners must meet.
The functions of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) include:
- Registering nursing and midwifery practitioners and students
- Developing standards, codes and guidelines for the nursing and midwifery profession
- Handling notifications, complaints, investigations and disciplinary hearings
- Assessing overseas trained practitioners who wish to practice in Australia
- Approving accreditation standards and accredited courses of study.
The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia has established State and Territory Boards to support the work of the National Board in the national scheme. The National Board will set policy and professional standards, and the State and Territory Boards will continue to make individual notification and registration decisions affecting individual nurses and midwives.
For more information about the role and responsibility of the NMBA visit their website.