Nurses and midwives must be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA), and meet the NMBA's professional standards in order to practise in Australia.
Professional standards define the practice and behaviour of nurses and midwives and include:
Please note that from 1 March 2018, professional boundaries expectations are included in the codes of conduct and are no longer separate documents.
From 1 March 2018, the International Council of Nurses Code of ethics for nurses is in effect for all nurses in Australia and the International Confederation of Midwives Code of ethics for midwives is in effect for all midwives in Australia. These documents replace the NMBA Code of ethics for nurses - August 2008 and the NMBA Code of ethics for midwives - August 2008. For more information please see the news item.