Regulating Australia’s midwives

The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia works to ensure that Australia’s  midwives are suitably trained, qualified and safe to practise. Public safety is our priority.

The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) undertakes functions as set by the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law, as in force in each state and territory (the National Law). The NMBA regulates the practice of midwifery in Australia, and one of its key roles is to protect the public. The NMBA does this by developing standards, codes and guidelines which together establish the requirements for professional and safe practice by midwives in Australia.

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Safety and quality guidelines now in effect

The updated Safety and quality guidelines for privately practising midwives are now in effect.

Read the guidelines
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Assessment of overseas qualified midwives

If you are an internationally qualified nurse or midwife (IQNM) who wishes to register in Australia, you will need to complete the self-check before applying for registration.
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New scope of practice fact sheet published

The NMBA has recently published a fact sheet defining the scope of practice for nurses and midwives for employers.
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Midwifery Futures

NMBA, Burnet Institute and colleagues partner to deliver a comprehensive review into the midwifery workforce.

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Code of conduct for midwives

Being a midwife means something. Learn more about your Code of conduct as a midwife practising in Australia.

Ahpra registration checklist


Scheduled medicines

Find out what is required for midwives looking to get the Endorsement for scheduled medicines for midwives

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Thinking about returning to practice?

Information for midwives on the requirements for re-entry to practice

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Search approved programs of study

Find NMBA-approved programs of study to become a registered midwife in Australia.

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Join the NMBA

Would you like to help protect the safety of the public and contribute to health practitioner regulation? 


The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforce webinar series

Through listening to the experiences of Indigenous practitioners, we aim to increase and support the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforce.

Ahpra registration and submission forms



Access application forms, templates and guidelines for registration and endorsements.