Audit

About audit

AHPRA and the National Boards have developed a nationally consistent approach to auditing health practitioners’ compliance with mandatory registration standards. Audits are an important part of the way National Boards and AHPRA can better protect the public. They help to ensure that nurses and midwives are meeting the mandatory registration standards and provide important assurance to the community and the National Boards.

How will I know if I am being audited?

Audits of random samples of health practitioners from all professions will occur periodically throughout the year.
If you are selected for audit, you will receive an audit notice in the mail from AHPRA. It includes a checklist that outlines what supporting documentation is required to demonstrate that you meet the standard(s) being audited.

What is being audited?

Each time you apply to renew your registration, you make a declaration that you have (or have not) met the registration standards for your profession. The audit requires that you provide further information to support your declarations.
Your audit notice letter will identify which standard/standards are being audited. One or more of the following four mandatory registration standards may be audited.

What is the audit period?

The audit covers the period 1 June 2015 to 31 May 2016 and all questions on your audit checklist relate to this period. The below registration standards were in place during this period.  

Document name PDF Date of effect
Criminal history registration standard  PDF (301KB)  From 1 July 2015 
Continuing professional development registration standard  PDF (300KB)  From 1 June 2016
Recency of practice registration standard PDF (203KB) From 1 June 2016
Professional indemnity insurance arrangements registration standard PDF (258KB) From 1 June 2016

Declarations, your registration and the National Law

Under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law, as in force in each state and territory, AHPRA can request (on behalf of a National Board) you to provide evidence, within 28 days, that you meet the standards, as declared in your previous annual statement.

Your annual statement is made when you apply to renew your registration. It is supported by a declaration confirming that it is ‘true and correct’.

The annual statement also includes (among other things) statements about whether:

  • you have met the recency of practice requirements stated in the National Board’s registration standard
  • you met the National Board’s continuing professional development (CPD) requirements as set out in the National Board’s CPD registration standard during the previous registration period
  • you practised in accordance with the requirements of the National Board’s Professional indemnity insurance (PII) arrangements registration standard, and whether you commit to practise in accordance with that registration standard if your registration is renewed, and
  • there was any change in your criminal history during the previous registration period and whether you have any other criminal history that has not been disclosed to AHPRA.

Templates and resources

To help you fulfil the requirements of the audit a number of guidance documents and templates are available. You can print and complete these then submit them as part of your audit response.

Continuing professional development 

Recency of practice

Professional indemnity insurance

Additional information

If you need more information, please email the audit team at audit@ahpra.gov.au, or call the customer service line Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm on 1300 419 495.

 
 
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