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.
||Date of effect
|Criminal history registration standard
||To 30 June 2015
|Continuing professional development registration standard
||To 31 May 2016
|Recency of practice registration standard
||To 31 May 2016
|Professional indemnity insurance arrangements registration standard
||To 31 May 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
Below is a sample of templates to help you fulfill the requirements of the audit. You can print and complete these then submit them as part of your audit response.
A public report of the nursing and midwifery audit is now available on the AHPRA website.
If you need more information, please email the audit team at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the customer service line Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm on 1300 419 495.