Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia
Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia

Current Consultations

The National Board undertakes wide-ranging consultation on proposals that affect the nursing and midwifery professions.

Where there are consultations open for input, they will be shown below.

Where there are consultations which have closed, they will be shown under Past Consultations along with the submissions that were received.

Public consultation on Midwife standards for practice

The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) sets the national standards, codes and guidelines that nurses and midwives must meet to be registered in Australia.

Deakin University was appointed to develop the Midwife standards for practice which included a review of the existing National competency standards for the midwife (2006).

The current National competency standards for the midwife (2006) are the core competency standards by which a midwife’s performance is assessed to obtain and retain registration to practise in Australia. Since these standards were published in 2006, the role and scope of practice for midwifery throughout Australia, the model of education and training, and the regulatory framework within which registration of midwives occurs, have developed substantially.

The Midwife standards for practice will provide a framework for assessing the midwife’s competence to practise.

The NMBA is asking for your feedback on the draft Midwife standards for practice.

Background information

Have your say

The NMBA seeks your general feedback on the public consultation draft Midwife standards for practice and is interested in feedback to specific questions. You can participate by:

  • completing the online survey*, or

    *When you click on the above link, you will be taken to a third party website, hosted by Qualtrics. The information collected through Qualtrics will be used by Deakin University to assess stakeholder views on the draft NMBA Midwife standards for practice. This is an anonymous survey, and you should ensure that you do not include any personal information about yourself or other people in your responses. The information you provide will be handled in accordance with the Privacy Policy of Qualtrics and Deakin University.
    AHPRA will keep a copy of the material provided to it and will handle that material in accordance with its
    privacy policy.

  • if you cannot complete the online survey, providing feedback in a Word document to marked ‘Public consultation – Midwife standards for practice’

You are invited to provide your comments by close of business 25 August 2017.

How your submission is treated

The NMBA publishes submissions on its website to encourage discussion and inform the community and stakeholders. However, the NMBA will not publish on its website, or make available to the public, submissions that contain offensive or defamatory comments or which are outside the scope of the consultation.

Before publication, the NMBA may remove personally-identifying information from submissions, including contact details. The views expressed in the submissions are those of the individuals or organisations who submit them and their publication does not imply any acceptance of, or agreement with, these views by the NMBA.

The NMBA also accepts submissions made in confidence. These submissions will not be published on the website or elsewhere. Submissions may be confidential because they include personal experiences or other sensitive information. Any request for access to a confidential submission will be determined in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Cth), which has provisions designed to protect personal information and information given in confidence.

Please let the NMBA know if you do not want your submission published, or want all or part of it treated as confidential.

The Boards publish submissions received on their websites to encourage discussion and inform the community and stakeholders, unless requested otherwise. There may be circumstances under which submissions may not be published. Please refer to the consultation paper for details of how submissions will be treated. Submissions received in response to a consultation are published under Past Consultations.

Page reviewed 25/08/2017