Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia - Current Consultations

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.

Consultation on the revised Safety and quality guidelines for privately practising midwives

The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) sets the national standards, codes and guidelines that nurses and midwives must meet to be registered in Australia.

The current Safety and quality guidelines for privately practicing midwives protect the public by articulating a robust regulatory framework to support the safe, professional practice of privately practising midwives (PPMs). By providing PPMs with current, evidence-informed regulatory information, the guidelines enhance the provision of safe, high-quality care, facilitate workforce flexibility and improve access to midwifery services.

The current guidelines were published in 2017. This review aligns with the NMBAs commitment to review standards, codes and guidelines approximately every 5-years.

The intention of the review is to ensure the guidelines remain contemporary and reflect the current safety and quality expectations for PPMs.

The NMBA is inviting your feedback on the revised Safety and quality guidelines for privately practising midwives.

Background information

Have your say

The NMBA is inviting general comment on the draft revised Safety and quality guidelines for privately practising midwives as well as feedback to the specific questions. You can participate by:

You are invited to provide your comments by close of business 30 December 2022.

How your submission is treated

The NMBA and Ahpra publish submissions at their discretion. We generally publish submissions on our websites to encourage discussion and inform the community and stakeholders. Please advise us if you do not want your submission published.

We will not place on our websites, 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. Before publication, we may remove personally identifying information from submissions, including contact details.

The NMBA and Ahpra can accept 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 us know if you do not want us to publish your submission or want us to treat all or part of it as confidential. Published submissions will include the names of the individuals and/or the organisations that made the submission unless confidentiality is requested.

1 When you click on this link, you will be taken to a third party website, hosted by Qualtrics. The information collected through Qualtrics will be used by the NMBA to assess stakeholder views on the draft NMBA Safety and quality guidelines for privately practising midwives. This survey can be completed anonymously. The information you provide will be handled in accordance with the Privacy Policy of Qualtrics accessible here and Ahpra here.

Page reviewed 8/12/2022