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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.
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.
This fact sheet provides guidance to education providers regarding student registration with the NMBA.
The National Law states that students must be registered in the interests of public safety.
Student registration allows the NMBA to act on matters relating to students with impairment or when convictions of a serious nature may affect public safety.
The NMBA and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) have no role in the academic progress or conduct of students, other than when they have:
Education providers are responsible for making sure they have provided the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), 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).
AHPRA works closely with education providers to make sure ongoing data transfer is smooth. To promote this, education providers must:
As an education provider, you are required under the National Law to make a mandatory notification to AHPRA if you reasonably believe a student:
Any entity (person or organisation) may make a voluntary notification about a student to AHPRA when they believe that the student has:
The National Law provides protection from civil, criminal and administrative liability for those persons, who in good faith make a notification under the National Law.
More information on notifications and outcomes is published on the AHPRA website.
In circumstances when the NMBA suspends a student, imposes conditions on their registration or accepts an undertaking from a student, the NMBA is required to give written notice of the event to the education provider.
When this happens, as an education provider you must, as soon as practicable after receiving the written notice, give notice to any entity with whom the student is undertaking clinical training.
The National Law does not provide a definition for the term ‘clinical training’.
Under the obligations imposed by section 91 of the National Law, the NMBA takes this term to mean any form of clinical experience (also known as clinical placements, rotations etc.) in a health profession that does not form part of an approved programs of study and where the person does not hold registration in the health profession in which the clinical training is being undertaken.
This might apply, for example when an:
An approved program of study, for a health profession means an accredited program of study:
A list of approved programs of study is available.
The definition of an education provider in the National Law is broad.
‘Education provider’ is defined as:
The meaning of this definition includes:
A student is a person whose name is entered in a student register as being currently registered under the National Law.