Fact sheet: Renewal for registered nurses and midwives

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 and midwifery in Australia, and one of its key roles is to protect the public. The NMBA does this by developing standards, codes and guidelines for nurses and midwives in which they are required to practice.

Nurses and midwives with general or non-practicsing registration must renew their registration with the NMBA by 31 May each year.

The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Ahpra) manages the registration and renewal process on behalf of the NMBA. Look out for a reminder to renew from Ahpra, confirming that online renewal is open. You will get email reminders several times during the renewal period, so make sure your contact details are up to date. Be sure to check the national register to confirm your registration details.

You are required to provide your residential address when renewing your registration. This information is not shown on the national register.

Ahpra, on behalf of the NMBA, needs your residential address to help in processing criminal history checks and so that Ahpra is able to contact you, particularly if you are randomly selected for audit.

A series of email reminders will also be sent throughout the renewal campaign. Ahpra needs to be able to contact you by post if an email reminder is undelivered.

Yes, you need to renew by 31 May.

Registration is renewed annually by 31 May regardless of how long you were registered during the previous 12 months.

If you are a graduate who registered within two months prior to the 31 May annual renewal date you are registered to practise until 31 May of the following year. Check the national register if you are not sure when your registration is due for renewal.

If this is your first-time renewing, please read the First-time renewing section of the NMBA website for important information such as pro-rata CPD hours.

You only need to declare an impairment – which means a condition which is likely to detrimentally affect your practice. Most health issues are not impairments.

You do not need to declare well managed health conditions that do not affect your practice. For example, you don’t need to tell us about needing prescription glasses or taking time off work for a short-term illness or injury.

As a nurse and/or midwife in Australia, you must meet the following registration standards when renewing your general registration: criminal history, professional indemnity insurance (PII), recency of practice and continuing professional development (CPD).

The NMBA expects you to declare on your registration renewal form that you have met the requirements set out in the registration standards, as they apply to the nursing and midwifery professions.

When you renew your general registration, you are asked to declare if you have met the PII arrangements registration standard in the previous registration period and will do so for this registration period.

You are not required to hold PII when you are not practising. If you have had periods of not holding PII when you were not practising, you can still meet the standard. Remember, practice means any role, whether remunerated or not, in which the individual uses their skills and knowledge as a health practitioner in their profession.

For more information on meeting the standard, see the PII arrangements fact sheet.

When you renew your general registration, you are asked to declare if you have met the CPD registration standard in the previous registration period.

You must complete CPD to hold general registration, whether or not you are practising. You must complete CPD even if you take a long break from practising, such as maternity leave, if you hold general registration during that period.

For more information on the CPD standard, see the fact sheet. If this is your first time renewing, please see the information on pro-rata CPD requirements in the First-time renewing section of the NMBA website.

Practising your profession overseas can be counted towards your recency of practice, but is not considered CPD.

If you hold general registration you must meet the Board’s CPD registration standard regardless of where you are practising.

No. As a person holding registration as both a nurse and a midwife, you are required to make separate recency of practice declarations for each profession at the time of registration renewal. This is to ensure competence in both professions within the preceding five years.

If you are seeking to renew your registration as a nurse and/or midwife, you must be able to demonstrate that you meet the registration standards and standards of practice/competency standards required for both a nurse and a midwife.

If you are applying to renew dual registration, carefully consider what evidence you are able to provide to meet the relevant registration standards and standards for practice/competency standards for each profession.

There may be common elements of work and education applicable to nursing and midwifery that you can submit as evidence when applying for dual registration.

Your criminal history includes any:

  • charge against you for an offence
  • conviction you have received
  • guilty plea you have entered, or
  • time a court has found you guilty, whether or not you were convicted.

If you declare a change to your criminal history, you will need to provide a written statement. The registration renewal form will give you more information on what to include.

Page reviewed 24/02/2020