This year, registration renewal for nurses and midwives will include an extra step.
When completing your renewal, you will be asked to check that your qualification(s) and the date you were first registered in Australia are recorded correctly on the online national register of practitioners.
Including this as part of online renewal makes it easy for nurses and midwives to confirm and update these details if required. This helps us to maintain the integrity of the national register, which helps to protect the public.
The national register keeps the public safe in the knowledge that its health practitioners are registered and qualified. Under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law, as in force in each state and territory, the national register should include details of any qualification relied on by a practitioner to obtain registration.
Which of my qualifications go on the national register?
Under section 225(n) of the National Law, the national register should include details of any qualification relied on by you to obtain registration. Nursing and midwifery qualifications that do not lead to registration or endorsement are not regulated by the National Scheme and therefore should not appear on the register.
For nurses and midwives that transitioned to the national scheme in 2010, previous arrangements may have been in place with state and territory boards recording other additional qualifications, diplomas, training and memberships and these may have appeared on some records. Please note that qualifications that do not lead to registration or endorsement under the National Scheme will no longer be included on the national register.
Qualification: “Qualified under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law in accordance with s.269”
If you held general registration in nursing or midwifery immediately prior to 1 July 2010 in a State or Territory except WA (and immediately prior to 18 October 2010 in WA), and there were no qualification details held on your record by a previous state or territory board, the qualification statement ‘Qualified under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law in accordance with s.269.’ is recorded.
What is my date of first registration?
The date of first registration is the date you were first registered to practise in Australia. This date may be before the start of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme, as it reflects when you were first registered in the profession, whether under the National Law or previous legislation.
What will I need to do at renewal?
When completing your renewal application this year, you will be asked to confirm your qualification(s) leading to registration (and endorsement, where relevant) are correctly recorded with the required detail of:
If any of the qualification/s details listed are incorrect or incomplete, you will be able to provide the correct details in the field provided in your renewal.
You will be asked to also confirm your date of first registration. If the date listed is incorrect you will be able to provide the correct date in the field provided. If the date listed is incorrect and you are unsure of your correct date of first registration, you will be able to select the state or territory in which you were first registered in Australia. This will help us to identify your previous record and update your details.
If I provide a correction, what will happen next?
If any of your ‘Register Details’ check information is incorrect, your response will be recorded and your details will be reviewed so that the information can be updated. If any further information is required, AHPRA will contact you. If you need to add a qualification regulated by the National Scheme, evidence of that qualification may be requested from you via email.
This will not affect your renewal application; your renewal application will progress as per normal.