Codes and Guidelines

The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia approves codes and guidelines to provide guidance to the professions. These also help to clarify our views and expectations on a range of issues.

Policies

Codes

Guidelines


Policies

Social media

Document PDF Accessible format Date of effect
Social media policy PDF (62.2 KB) Web page From 17 March 2014


Codes

Codes of ethics

Document PDF Date of effect
Code of ethics for midwives - August 2008 - rebranded* PDF (661 KB) From 13 June 2013 
Code of ethics for nurses - August 2008 - rebranded* PDF (453 KB) From 8 May 2013 

Codes of professional conduct

Document PDF Date of effect
Code of professional conduct for midwives - August 2008 - rebranded* PDF (575 KB) From 13 June 2013 
Code of professional conduct for nurses - August 2008 - rebranded* PDF (510 KB) From 7 May 2013 

Guidelines

Competency standards

Document PDF Date of effect
Nurse practitioner standards for practice - effective 1 January 2014  PDF (193 KB)  From 4 November 2013 
Enrolled nurse competency standards - August 2002 PDF (472 KB) From 31 March 2011 
Midwifery competency standards - January 2006 - rebranded* PDF (886 KB) From 16 December 2013 
Registered nurse competency standards - January 2006 - rebranded* PDF (506 KB) From 29 August 2013 
Framework for assessing national competency standards - October 2013  PDF (206 KB) From 23 October 2013

Decision making framework (DMF)

Document PDF  Date of effect
DMF A3 midwifery flowchart - 2013 - rebranded* PDF (235 KB) From 13 June 2013 
DMF A3 nursing flowchart - 2013 - rebranded* PDF (266 KB) From 13 June 2013 
DMF A4 midwifery summary guide - 2010 - rebranded* PDF (175 KB) From 16 December 2013 
DMF A4 nursing summary guide - 2010 - rebranded* PDF (209 KB) From 16 December 2013 
National framework for the development of decision-making tools for nursing and midwifery practice - September 2007 - rebranded*  PDF (438 KB)  From 17 July 2013 

* Rebranded: This document has undergone rebranding to reflect ownership by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. Except to update the design and names of relevant organisation, the content or intent of the original document has not changed, unless indicated otherwise.

Guidelines for registration standards

Midwives

Document PDF Accessible format Date of effect
Guidelines for professional indemnity insurance arrangements for midwives PDF (463 KB)  Word version 
(434 KB) 
From 16 September 2011 

You can view the National Board's registration standard on professional indemnity insurance arrangements on the Registration standards page.

Eligible midwives

The National Board has used the Safety and Quality Framework (S&QF) developed by the Victorian Government at the request of Australian Health Ministerial Advisory Council and incorporated the principles of the S&QF into all new documents relating to midwifery practice. These include the Guidelines and Assessment Framework for Registration Standard for Eligible Midwives and Endorsement for Scheduled Medicines. The principles underpinning the Framework will continue to be used in all future policy documents relating to midwifery.

Document PDF  Date of effect
Guidelines and assessment framework for the registration standard for eligible midwives and endorsement for scheduled medicines  PDF (486 KB)  From 26 October 2010 
Safety and quality framework for privately practising midwives attending homebirths  PDF (291 KB)  From 31 March 2011 

Nurses

Document PDF Accessible format Date of effect
Professional indemnity insurance arrangements for enrolled nurses, registered nurses and nurse practitioners PDF (400 KB) Word version 
(106 KB)
From 28 August 2013

You can view the National Board's registration standard on professional indemnity insurance arrangements on the Registration standards page.

Nurse practitioner

Please visit the Endorsement and notations page to access the following documents for nurse practitioners:

  • Guidelines on endorsement as a nurse practitioner 
  • Nurse practitioner - Requirements for portfolio - Pathway 1 
  • Nurse practitioner - Requirements for portfolio - Pathway 2

Professional boundaries

Document name  PDF  Date of effect
Professional boundaries for midwives - March 2010 - rebranded* PDF (1.00 MB) From 13 June 2013 
Professional boundaries for nurses - February 2010 - rebranded* PDF (1.30 MB) From 13 June 2013 

* Rebranded: This document has undergone rebranding to reflect ownership by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. Except to update the design and names of relevant organisation, the content or intent of the original document has not changed, unless indicated otherwise.

Professional practice guidelines

Document PDF  Accessible format Date of effect
Current version: Guidelines for advertising regulated health services  PDF (155 KB)  Web page  From 17 March 2014 
Retired version: Guidelines for advertising of regulated health services  PDF (425 KB)  To 16 March 2014
Current version: Guidelines for mandatory notifications PDF (149 KB) Web page From 17 March 2014
Retired version: Guidelines for mandatory notifications PDF (383 KB)  To 16 March 2014

Re-entry to practice

Document PDF Accessible format Date of effect
Re-entry to practice policy PDF (354 KB) From 29 March 2012
Principles for assessing supervised practice re-entry PDF (216 KB) Web page From February 2013

FAQ and Fact Sheets

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