Regulating Australia’s nurses

The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia works to ensure that Australia’s enrolled nurses and registered nurses 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 nursing 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 nurses in Australia.

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Draft Registration standard: General registration for internationally qualified registered nurses

Have your say on the draft registration standard designed to streamline processes for eligible IQRNs that have been registered and practised in an NMBA approved international jurisdiction.
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Assessment of overseas qualified nurses

If you are an internationally qualified nurse (IQN) 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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Code of conduct for nurses

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

Ahpra registration audit requirements


Nurse practitioner endorsement

Find out what is required to become a nurse practitioner in Australia. 

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Thinking about returning to practice?

Information for nurses on the requirements for re-entry to practice. 

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Search approved programs of study

Find NMBA-approved programs of study to get registered as a nurse in Australia.


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.

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Join the NMBA

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

Ahpra registration and submission forms



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

Ahpra registration audit requirements


Working as a nurse in the cosmetic industry

The NMBA released a position statement on nurses and cosmetic medical procedures.