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

Fact sheet: Renewal for registered nurses and midwives

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

The NMBA regulates the practice of nursing and midwifery in Australia, and one of its key roles is to protect the public. The NMBA 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-practicing registration must renew their registration with the NMBA by 31 May each year.

Look out for a reminder to renew from AHPRA, confirming that online renewal is open. You will get email reminders several times during the renewal period, so use our online services to check that AHPRA has your current contact details. Be sure to check the national register to confirm your registration details.

You are required to provide your residential address when renewing your registration. This information is not shown on the national register.

AHPRA, on behalf of the NMBA, needs your residential address to help in processing criminal history checks and so that AHPRA is able to contact you, particularly if you are randomly selected for an audit.

A series of email reminders will also be sent throughout the renewal campaign. AHPRA needs to be able to contact you by post if an email reminder is undelivered.

Yes, you need to renew by 31 May.

Registration is renewed annually by 31 May regardless of how long you were registered during the previous 12 months. The National Law states that the period of a practitioner’s registration can be for no more than 12 months, so a national annual renewal date was set.

If you are a graduate who registered within two months prior to the 31 May annual renewal date you are registered to practise until 31 May of the following year. Check the national register if you are not sure when your registration is due for renewal.

As a nurse and/or midwife in Australia, you must meet the NMBA registration standards when renewing your registration. These registration standards include criminal history, professional indemnity insurance, recency of practice and continuing professional development (CPD).

The NMBA expects you to declare on your registration renewal form that you have met the requirements set out in the registration standards, as they apply to the nursing and midwifery professions.

Before making any declarations, you must read the NMBA requirements for renewal of registration, particularly regarding recency of practice, continuing professional development (CPD), professional indemnity insurance (PII) arrangements and criminal history.

No, as a person holding registration as both a nurse and a midwife, you are required to make separate recency of practice declarations for each profession at the time of registration renewal. This is to ensure competence in both professions within the preceding five years.

If you are seeking to renew your registration as a registered nurse and registered midwife, you must be able to demonstrate that you meet the competency standards required for a nurse and a midwife, as well as meet the registration standards as both a nurse and a midwife.

If you are applying to renew dual registration, carefully consider what evidence you are able to provide to meet the relevant competency and registration standards for each profession.

There may be common elements of work and education applicable to nursing and midwifery that you can submit as evidence when applying for dual registration.

Across the states and territories, a number of nurses with sole qualifications in the fields of mental health, paediatrics or disability nursing transitioned into the National Scheme with variations in the way this information was published on the national register.

The NMBA has addressed this issue so now there is consistency in the type of registration held by nurses with similar qualifications who work in these three fields of nursing. If you transitioned and this applies to your registration, then you are now registered with general registration with the respective notation of:

  • ‘solely qualified in the area of mental health nursing’ 
  • ‘solely qualified in the area of paediatric nursing’, or 
  • ‘solely qualified in the area of disability nursing’

This change affects some nurses who hold general registration or general registration with a condition; some internationally qualified nurses; and all nurses with limited registration. Further information is available under Endorsements and Notations on the NMBA’s website.

Page reviewed 30/03/2015