Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia - Supervised practice

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.

Read the framework.

Supervision guidelines

Some registration standards used by National Boards refer to supervision guidelines. New 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 explicitly refer to the framework rather than supervision guidelines will be made at a later date.

Read the guidelines.

What you need to do

The framework and the guidelines came into effect on 1 February 2022. Transition arrangements are 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.

Document PDF Accessible format Date of effect
Supervised practice plan template  PDF
(1,11MB)
  1 February 2022  
Attachment for supervised practice plan - Standards for practice template - Enrolled nurse   Word version 
(56.1KB, DOCX)
1 February 2022 
Attachment for supervised practice plan - Standards for practice template – Registered nurse    Word version 
(53.6KB, DOCX)
1 February 2022  
Attachment for supervised practice plan - Standards for practice template – Midwife Word version 
(116KB, DOCX) 
1 February 2022 
Supervised practice report template  PDF
(583KB)
  1 February 2022 
Supervisor's formative report template - Enrolled nurse - to be used only for supervision arrangements in place before 1 February 2022 that have not transitioned to the framework – see Fact sheet: Supervised practice framework - transition arrangements   Word version 
(680 KB,DOC)
updated February 2019
Supervisor summative report template - Enrolled nurse - to be used only for supervision arrangements in place before 1 February 2022 that have not transitioned to the framework – see Fact sheet: Supervised practice framework - transition arrangements   Word version 
(921 KB,DOC)
updated February 2019
Supervisor's formative report template – Registered nurse - to be used only for supervision arrangements in place before 1 February 2022 that have not transitioned to the framework – Fact sheet: Supervised practice framework - transition arrangements   Word version 
(677 KB,DOC)
updated February 2019
Supervisor summative report template – Registered nurse - to be used only for supervision arrangements in place before 1 February 2022 that have not transitioned to the framework – Fact sheet: Supervised practice framework - transition arrangements   Word version 
(884 KB,DOC)
updated February 2019
Supervisor's formative report template – Midwife - to be used only for supervision arrangements in place before 1 February 2022 that have not transitioned to the framework – Fact sheet: Supervised practice framework - transition arrangements   Word version 
(712 KB,DOC)
updated February 2019
Supervisor summative report template – Midwife - to be used only for supervision arrangements in place before 1 February 2022 that have not transitioned to the framework – Fact sheet: Supervised practice framework - transition arrangements   Word version 
(880 KB,DOC)
updated February 2019

Change in circumstances

Proposed changes to an approved supervised practice arrangement should be submitted to the Board for approval in writing. The forms you are required to complete will depend on the purpose of supervised practice and what the change of circumstance is, for example if it is a change in supervisor, practice or employment location.

If you are completing supervised practice as you do not meet the recency of practice requirements and are seeking a change to the approved supervised practice arrangement you should complete a request for changes in circumstances form on the Board website.

If you are completing supervised practice following a complaint (notification) and are seeking a change to the approved supervised practice arrangement you may be required to make an application for a review of the conditions or undertakings. More information is available on the Ahpra website.

Other proposed changes may require completion of a new Supervised practice plan.

Retired versions

Document Accessible format Date of effect
Retired version: Supervision guidelines for nursing and midwifery PDF (254KB) 1 March 2021 to 31 January 2022
 
 
Page reviewed 2/02/2022