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

Fact sheet: Renewal information for employers of nurses and midwives

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The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (the National Board or NMBA) undertakes functions defined in the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law, as in force in each state and territory (the National Law).

The National Board regulates the practice of nursing and midwifery in Australia, and one of its key roles is to protect the public. The National Board does this by making sure that only nurses and/or midwives who are suitably qualified to practise in a competent and ethical manner are registered.

Over 360,000 nurses and midwives with general or non-practising registration must renew their registration with the National Board by 31 May. You can help by reminding employees when their registration is due and encouraging them to renew quickly and easily online.

You can confirm the registration status of a nurse and/or midwife using the online national register. A nurse and/or midwife’s listing on the national register is proof that they are registered to practise.

On behalf of the National Board, AHPRA also issues an A5 registration certificate and a pop-out wallet-sized card to the nurse or midwife about one month after they successfully renew their registration. As an employer, you do not need to wait for the nurse or midwife to receive their A5 certificate or wallet card as proof of registration; you can rely on the information published on the national register.

An online subscription service is available for you to request publicly available registration details of multiple employees - up to 50,000 nurses or midwives at a time – using their unique registration numbers. It is important in the interest of public safety that you check the national register to make sure nurses and midwives are registered to practise.

If a nurse or midwife’s registration has been cancelled, details are published online on the national register of cancelled health practitioners. You can search a nurse or midwife’s details against this register.

Under the National Law, nurses and/or midwives remain registered for one month after their registration expiry date.

If a nurse and/or midwife applies to renew their registration before or within the one-month late period, they remain registered to practise while their application is assessed and processed. This is the case even if the processing timeline extends beyond the nurse or midwife’s registration expiry date (31 May) or the end of the following one month late period. Once the application process is complete, the nurse or midwife’s listing on the national register will be updated.

If a nurse and/or midwife does not apply to renew before the end of the one-month late period, their registration will lapse. The national register is the most accurate and up-to-date record of a nurse or midwife’s registration status. A nurse and/or midwife with lapsed registration who does not apply to renew their registration by the end of the one month late period will be removed from the national register.

Once registration has lapsed, the nurse and/or midwife must make a new application for registration in order to practise. There is a fast track process available for applications within 4 weeks of the end of the late renewal period (ending 1 July). Nurses and/or midwives who submit a fast track application cannot practise until their application has been processed and their registration details are updated on the national register.

  • Visit the AHPRA website
  • For registration enquiries: 1300 419 495 (within Australia) +61 3 9275 9009 (overseas callers)
Page reviewed 30/03/2015