National Board strategic plan 2013 - 2015

In December 2012, the National Board approved a new NMBA strategic plan 2013 - 2015. Priorities for the coming year incorporate work towards establishing and improving the requirements of nursing and midwifery regulation within the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (National Scheme or NRAS).

The strategic plan is annually reviewed to assess and reflect changing needs and priorities. It is aligned with the National Board's vision, mission and values. It complements the National Scheme objectives and guiding principles of protecting the public, facilitating workforce flexibility and mobility and provision of high quality and innovative education and training.

Download a PDF copy of this strategic plan (218 KB,PDF).

About the strategic plan

NRAS objectives - The National Board strategic plan 2013 - 2015 aligns with the NRAS objectives of:

  • Public protection 
  • Workforce mobility 
  • High quality education and training 
  • Assessment of overseas trained practitioners 
  • Facilitate access to services 
  • Flexible, response and sustainable workforce

Why we exist - The NMBA strategic plan aligns with the National Board's vision, mission and values as follows:

  • Vision: A flexible nursing and midwifery workforce that meets the current and future needs of the Australian community through competent and safe practice. 
  • Mission: Provide leadership to nurses, midwives and students through regulation in the public interest in accordance with the National Scheme and in partnership with stakeholders. 
  • Values underlying our actions are vision, accountability, consistency and collaboration.

Stakeholders and partners - These include:

  • Nurses and midwives 
  • Professional, industrial and education providers 
  • Commonwealth, state and territory governments 
  • Australian public 
  • International partners 

Stakeholders and partners + Core functions + National Board objectives + Finance resources and governance = Key strategic priorities

The National Board identified 10 key strategic priorities to focus its efforts on, and is reflecting on related initiatives in the work plan. The key strategic priorities are:

  1. Stakeholders - Be a recognised leader in nursing and midwifery. 
  2. Professional Practice Framework - Ensure contemporary, relevant, well-understood and well-used professional practice frameworks for nursing and midwifery. 
  3. Registration - Drive consistency in the application of National Board registration standards and decision-making. 
  4. Notifications - Advance quality and consistency around standards, process and decision-making on notifications. 
  5. Accreditation - Facilitate effective accreditation of nursing and midwifery programs of study. 
  6. Workforce Agenda - Engage effectively with bodies relevant to the nursing and midwifery workforce. 
  7. National Board - Provide excellent and recognised leadership in the regulation of nursing and midwifery. 
  8. Finances - Use financial resources efficiently and effectively. 
  9. Health Profession Agreement - Ensure a Health Profession Agreement (HPA) with AHPRA that meets the strategic requirements of the National Board and the National Scheme. 
  10. Resources and Governance - Practise effective and contemporary governance.


The National Board has appointed the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) as the independent national accreditation authority for nursing and midwifery for the next five years. This covers the period 1 July 2013 to 30 June 2018. In accordance with the National Law, ANMAC is responsible for the:

  • development and implementation of accreditation standards for programs of study leading to registration as an enrolled nurse, registered nurse and midwife and endorsement, and 
  • accreditation of programs of study leading to registration and endorsement.

The National Board is then responsible for the approval of the ANMAC accreditation standards and the accredited programs of study leading to registration and endorsement.

National Board approved programs of study are listed under Accreditation on our website.

Page reviewed 1/04/2014