01 Feb 2016
Revised registration standards and standards for practice have been published today by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA), which regulates Australia’s 370,303 enrolled nurses, registered nurses and midwives.
The NMBA is releasing the revised registration standards for continuing professional development (CPD), recency of practice, professional indemnity insurance (PII) arrangements and the Registered nurse standards for practice to give enrolled nurses, registered nurses, midwives, employers and the public time to understand the updated requirements set by the NMBA.
The revised registration standards come into effect on 1 June 2016 and will replace the registration standards that are currently in place. All nurses and midwives will need to meet the obligations of the revised registration standards by the next registration renewal period in May 2017. They do not apply to renewals of registration in 2016.
Continuing professional development
Recency of practice
Professional indemnity insurance arrangements
Endorsement as a nurse practitioner
The revised registration standards were approved by the Australian Health Workforce Ministerial Council on 27 August 2015 and were part of a scheduled review of registration standards. A public consultation was held as part of the review. National Boards have published consultation reports providing a summary of the consultation processes, rationale for any changes and proposed way forward, including areas where further work is planned. The submissions to the public consultation and consultation reports will be published on the NMBA past consultations page.
The Registered nurse standards for practice comes into effect on 1 June 2016 and will replace the current National competency standards for the registered nurse.
The Registered nurse standards for practice now reflects current nursing practice in all contexts.
The NMBA has also published the revised Registration standard: Endorsement for scheduled medicines for midwives and Safety and quality guidelines for privately practising midwives, which will come into effect on 1 January 2017. More information is available in this news item.
The following additional resources about the revised registration standards are available on the AHPRA website.