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

Ministerial Communication

Communications between the Australian Health Workforce Ministerial Council (AHWMC) and the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) are provided below. 

PII exemption extended to 31 December 2016 for midwives in private practice

17 June 2015

The Australian Health Workforce Ministerial Council (Ministerial Council) has approved an extension to 31 December 2016 of the transitional provision under section 284 of the National Law for midwives in private practice providing intrapartum care for women who choose to homebirth.

This provision exempts those midwives in private practice who provide services for women in a home birth setting from requiring professional indemnity insurance (PII) cover for the intrapartum period. It is still a requirement that these midwives in private practice have insurance for both the antenatal and postpartum periods of a birth.

Under section 245(3) of the National Law, the new regulation must be published by the Victorian Government Printer. This occurred on Tuesday 2 June 2015. The following are documents related to the PII exemption for privately practising midwives:

Previous correspondence 

Document name PDF Accessible format Document date
Ministerial Council letter to National Board regarding Eligible midwife registration standard PDF
Word version
31 July 2013
Victoria Government Gazette - notice on PII exemption PDF
Word version
20 June 2013
Ministerial Council regulation under National Law section - Amendment (Midwife Insurance Exemption) PDF
Word version
14 June 2013
AHWMC letter regarding accreditation standards for nurses and midwives PDF
  30 June 2010
AHWMC letter of approval for eligible midwives PDF
  17 June 2010
NMBA letter regarding accreditation standards review PDF
  16 June 2010
AHWMC letter approving registration standards for nurses and midwives PDF
31 March 2010

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