Current Consultations

The National Board undertakes wide-ranging consultation on proposals that affect the nursing and midwifery professions.

Where there are consultations open for input, they will be shown below.

Where there are consultations which have closed, they will be shown under Past Consultations along with the submissions that were received.


Public consultation: two sets of common guidelines and a framework for supervised practice

National Boards and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) are carrying out public consultations on:

  • revised Guidelines for mandatory notifications
  • revised Guidelines for advertising a regulated health service, and
  • a proposed Supervised practice framework.

Feedback from all interested people and organisations is welcome.

The consultations have staggered end dates to allow interested people and organisations to plan their responses to the three separate consultations.

Making a submission

Feedback is invited from practitioners, stakeholders and the community.

We encourage you to use the online survey to make your submission. However, if this is not possible, you may make a written submission using the Word templates provided. Submissions should be emailed to ahpra.consultation@ahpra.gov.au.

The questions in the online survey and the Word response templates are the same.

Public consultation on the review of the Guidelines for mandatory notifications

Released: 11 September 2019
Closes: 6 November 2019

The National Boards and AHPRA are carrying out a public consultation on the Guidelines for mandatory notifications. The guidelines explain the requirements for treating registered health practitioners, non-treating registered health practitioners, employers of registered health practitioners and education providers to make a mandatory notification under the National Law.1 

The review is to make sure the Guidelines for mandatory notifications are as effective as possible and that they clearly explain the thresholds and requirements for making a mandatory notification, including the 2019 amendments to the National Law which will soon come into effect.

Public consultation on the review of the Guidelines for advertising a regulated health service

Released:  11 September 2019
Closes:  26 November 2019

The National Boards and AHPRA are carrying out a public consultation on the Guidelines for advertising a regulated health service. The guidelines were developed to explain the advertising requirements in the National Law and to help advertisers (including registered health practitioners) to meet these requirements and advertise responsibly. The review is to make sure the guidelines are as contemporary, relevant and effective as possible.

Public consultation on the proposed Supervised practice framework

Released: 11 September 2019
Closes:  17 December 2019

National Boards (excluding psychology and pharmacy) and AHPRA are carrying out a public consultation on the proposed Supervised practice framework as part of their project to enable a consistent, responsive and risk-based approach to supervised practice across the National Scheme.2

Publication of submissions

The National Boards and AHPRA publish submissions at our discretion. We generally publish submissions on our websites to encourage discussion and inform the community and stakeholders.

Please let us know if you do not want your submission published, or if you want us to treat all or part of it as confidential.

Submissions to these three consultations will be published on the AHPRA website. Feedback received via the online survey for each of the three consultations will be aggregated and published after the consultations close.

Please note that we will not place on our website, or make available to the public, submissions that contain offensive or defamatory comments or which are outside the scope of the subject of the consultation.  


1 The Health Practitioner Regulation National Law, as in force in each state and territory (the National Law).

2 National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (the National Scheme).


Public consultation on Guidelines for registered health practitioners and students in relation to blood-borne viruses

Released: 5 September 2019
Closes: 1 November 2019

Public consultation on Guidelines for registered health practitioners and students in relation to blood-borne viruses PDF (1.42 MB) Word version (1.16 MB,DOCX)

The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA), in partnership with the Dental, Medical, Paramedicine and Podiatry Boards of Australia, is consulting on Guidelines for registered health practitioners and students in relation to blood-borne viruses.

The draft guidelines are intended to support practitioners in these professions to comply with the Communicable Diseases Network Australia Australian national guidelines for the management of healthcare workers living with blood borne viruses and healthcare workers who perform exposure prone procedures at risk of exposure to blood borne viruses.

Have your say

To have your say, please read the consultation paper and provide written submissions by email to bbvguidelines@ahpra.gov.au by close of business on 1 November 2019.

How your submission is treated

The NMBA publishes submissions on its website to encourage discussion and inform the community and stakeholders. However, the NMBA will not publish on its website, or make available to the public, submissions that contain offensive or defamatory comments or which are outside the scope of the consultation.

Before publication, the NMBA may remove personally-identifying information from submissions, including contact details. The views expressed in the submissions are those of the individuals or organisations who submit them and their publication does not imply any acceptance of, or agreement with, these views by the NMBA.

The NMBA also accepts submissions made in confidence. These submissions will not be published on the website or elsewhere. Submissions may be confidential because they include personal experiences or other sensitive information. Any request for access to a confidential submission will be determined in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Cth), which has provisions designed to protect personal information and information given in confidence.

Please let the NMBA know if you do not want your submission published, or want all or part of it treated as confidential.


The Boards publish submissions received on their websites to encourage discussion and inform the community and stakeholders, unless requested otherwise. There may be circumstances under which submissions may not be published. Please refer to the consultation paper for details of how submissions will be treated. Submissions received in response to a consultation are published under Past Consultations.

 
 
Page reviewed 17/09/2019