Supervised practice

National Boards and Ahpra have developed the Supervised practice framework (the framework) to create a responsive and risk-based approach to supervised practice across the National Scheme.

Supervised practice reassures the community, National Boards and Ahpra that a registered health practitioner whose practice is being supervised (the supervisee) is safe and competent to practise and is not putting the public at risk.

The framework has been developed to:

  • give guidance when supervised practice is required to meet registration requirements, conditions or undertakings
  • set out core components that support high-quality, safe and effective supervised practice
  • support consistent processes and decision making within Ahpra
  • help supervisees and supervisors better understand what is expected of them
  • be clearer, relevant and user-friendly.

The framework outlines the principles which underpin supervised practice, the levels of supervised practice and the National Boards’ expectations of supervisees, supervisors and employers. It also explains Ahpra and the Boards’ compliance processes and gives guidance on how to effectively comply with supervised practice requirements.

Supervision guidelines

Some registration standards used by National Boards refer to supervision guidelines.

Replacement Supervision guidelines (the guidelines) have been developed to:

  • replace any previously approved supervision guidelines or framework from National Boards, and
  • adopt the framework.

Changes to relevant registration standards to directly refer to the framework rather than supervision guidelines will be made at a later date.

What you need to do

To give you time to read and understand the changes made to the supervised practice requirements, advanced copies of the framework and the guidelines are available.

The framework and the guidelines will come into effect on 1 February 2022. Transition arrangements will be in place for supervisees and supervisors already carrying out supervised practice or who have sent documents to Ahpra or the National Board before 1 February 2022.

Resources to help you

This following information has been developed to help you understand and apply the framework. These are advanced copies only and do not come into effect until 1 February 2022.

Supervision guidelines for nursing and midwifery 

Document PDF Accessible format Date of effect
Advanced copy: Supervised practice framework – in effect from 1 February 2022  PDF (202KB)  - 1 February 2022 
Advanced copy: Supervision guidelines
– in effect from 1 February 2022 
PDF (76.0KB)  - 1 February 2022 
Supervision guidelines for nursing and midwifery PDF (254KB) Word version 
(407 KB,DOCX)
updated 1 March 2021

Supervised practice templates - Enrolled nurse

Document Accessible format Date of effect
Supervision agreement template Word version
(260 KB,DOC) 
updated March 2021
Supervised practice plan template - Enrolled nurse Word version 
(310 KB,DOC)
updated March 2021
Supervisor's formative report template - Enrolled nurse Word version 
(680 KB,DOC)
updated February 2019
Supervisor summative report template - Enrolled nurse Word version 
(921 KB,DOC)
updated February 2019

Supervised practice templates - Registered nurse

Document Accessible format Date of effect
Supervision agreement template Word version
(260 KB,DOC)
updated February 2019 
Supervised practice plan template – Registered nurse Word version 
(312 KB,DOC)
updated February 2019
Supervisor's formative report template – Registered nurse Word version 
(677 KB,DOC)
updated February 2019
Supervisor summative report template – Registered nurse Word version 
(884 KB,DOC)
updated February 2019

Supervised practice templates - Midwife

Document Accessible format Date of effect
Supervision agreement template Word version
(260 KB,DOC) 
updated February 2019
Supervised practice plan template – Midwife Word version 
(320 KB,DOCX)
updated February 2019
Supervisor's formative report template – Midwife Word version 
(712 KB,DOC)
updated February 2019
Supervisor summative report template – Midwife Word version 
(880 KB,DOC)
updated February 2019
 
 
Page reviewed 9/11/2021