Updated March 2023
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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 which together establish the requirements of the professional practice framework for the professional and safe practice of nurses and midwives in Australia.
Under the National Law, all nursing and midwifery students enrolled in an approved program of study, or who are undertaking clinical training in nursing or midwifery, must be registered as a student with the NMBA
Individual students do not need to do anything to register with the NMBA.
Education providers are responsible for making sure they have provided the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Ahpra), on behalf of the NMBA, details of all students enrolled in an NMBA-approved program of study or who are undertaking clinical training in nursing or midwifery.
On behalf of the NMBA, Ahpra requests an update of all new and existing students enrolled in an approved program of study from all education providers twice a year to coincide with each academic census date (March and August).
An approved program of study is a program that is:
Student registration also applies to students who are not enrolled in an approved program of study but are undertaking clinical training (such as clinical placement, rotation) in a health profession for which they do not hold nursing or midwifery registration.
Education providers must provide Ahpra with student details at the start of their clinical training.
For the purpose of clinical training, ‘education providers’ also include:
The National Law states that students must be registered in the interests of public safety.
No. The student register is not published on the NMBA or Ahpra websites and is not publicly available nor is it accessible to education providers, health services or students.
Under the National Law, information on the student register must remain confidential.
Ahpra, on behalf of the NMBA, requests education providers for the following information:
Date on which the student:
No fee applies to student registration.
For each registered student, the NMBA’s focus is mainly on managing notifications. This applies to those students who have:
Ahpra may receive notifications from either:
Matters relating to academic progress or conduct are for education providers to address.
The NMBA and Ahpra have no role in the academic progress or conduct of students, other than when they have:
No, your education provider does not need to register you again with the NMBA. Student registration is not required for people who are already registered in the health profession in which training is being undertaken.
Student registration begins:
Student registration ends when a student completes, or otherwise ceases to be enrolled in, the approved program of study or clinical training in nursing or midwifery.
The education provider advises Ahpra, on behalf of the NMBA, of students who complete or cease their approved program of study or clinical training.
Not while you are studying.
Education providers manage independently their own disciplinary and academic progress pathways.
In order to establish and maintain ongoing communication with you as a student, Ahpra, on behalf of the NMBA, asks education providers to supply students’ email addresses.
No. Students do not get a certificate of registration or confirmation of student registration.
The student register is not public and health services or other entities needing proof of your registration need to contact your education provider for details of your program of study.
Under the National Law, your education provider is obliged to notify you once your details are successfully added to the student register.
The student register is not published on the NMBA or Ahpra websites and is not publicly available; nor is it accessible to education providers, health services or students. Under the National Law, information on the student register must remain confidential.
If you are not sure about your registration as a student, speak to your education provider.
In order to become registered as a nurse and/or a midwife, you must meet the NMBA’s mandatory registration standards.
Yes. Students of nursing or midwifery about to graduate can go online to apply early for registration as a nurse or a midwife.
An online graduate service is available on the Ahpra website for final year students in approved programs of study. You can apply for registration four to six weeks before completing your program.
For more information about the graduate registration process, visit the graduate information on the NMBA website.
Under the National Law, if you are enrolled in an approved program of study or are undertaking clinical training, you must notify your local Ahpra office within seven days of becoming aware that:
Any entity (person or organisation) may make a voluntary notification to Ahpra about a student when they believe that you have, or may have:
The National Law protects from civil, criminal and administrative liability anyone who, in good faith, makes a notification under the National Law.
Ahpra, on behalf of the NMBA, will assess all notifications to determine whether the NMBA must consider taking immediate action to protect public health or safety.
More information on notifications and outcomes is published on the Ahpra website.