Ministerial Communication

Communications between the Australian Health Workforce Ministerial Council (AHWMC) and the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) are provided below. 

PII exemption extended to 31 December 2019 for midwives in private practice

October 2016

The Australian Health Workforce Ministerial Council (Ministerial Council) has approved an extension to 31 December 2019 of the transitional provision under section 284 of the National Law for midwives in private practice providing intrapartum care for women who choose to homebirth.

This provision exempts those midwives in private practice who provide services for women in a home birth setting from requiring professional indemnity insurance (PII) cover for the intrapartum period. It is still a requirement that these midwives in private practice have insurance for both the antenatal and postpartum periods of a birth.

Under section 245(3) of the National Law, the new regulation must be published by the Victorian Government Printer. This occurred on 12 June 2016. The following are documents related to the PII exemption for privately practising midwives:

Previous correspondence 

Document name PDF Accessible format Document date
AHWMC approval of the revised registration standard for Endorsement as a nurse practitioner

PDF (311 KB,PDF)

  30 October 2015
AHWMC approval of the revised registration standard for Endorsement for scheduled medicines for midwives

PDF  (381 KB,PDF)

  30 October 2015
AHWMC approval of the revised registration standard for Recency of practice  PDF
(129KB) 
  7 September 2015 
AHWMC approval of the revised registration standard for Continuing professional development  PDF
(207KB) 
  7 September 2015 
AHWMC approval of the revised registration standard for Professional indemnity insurance arrangements  PDF
(174KB) 
  7 September 2015 
Ministerial Council regulation under National Law section - Amendment (Midwife Insurance Exemption) - extension of PII exemption to 30 June 2016 PDF (111 KB,PDF)   1 June 2015
Victoria Government Gazette - notice on PII exemption PDF (260 KB,PDF)   2 June 2015
AHWMC approval of the revised registration standard for Criminal history  PDF
(665KB) 
  30 April 2015 
AHWMC approval of the revised registration standard for English language skills  PDF
(1.10MB) 
  30 April 2015 
AHWMC approval of amendment to Registration standard for eligible midwives PDF
(194KB)
31 July 2013
Victoria Government Gazette - notice on PII exemption PDF
(378KB)
20 June 2013
Ministerial Council regulation under National Law section - Amendment (Midwife Insurance Exemption) - extension of PII exemption to 30 June 2015 PDF
(527KB)
14 June 2013
AHWMC letter regarding accreditation standards for nurses and midwives PDF
(47.8KB)
  30 June 2010
AHWMC approval of the Registration standard for eligible midwives and Registration standard for endorsement for scheduled medicines PDF
(49.2KB)
  17 June 2010
NMBA letter regarding accreditation standards review PDF
(104KB)
  16 June 2010
AHWMC letter approving registration standards for nurses and midwives PDF
(63.3KB)
31 March 2010

Exemption from Web Content Accessibility Guidelines

The following documents have been made available on this website in compliance with the National Law and also in the interest of transparency. Wherever possible, the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia provides web content in accessible formats. However in cases where the documents have been provided by other parties, accessible format files may not be available or be approved for use.


If you have difficulty accessing one of these documents, please contact AHPRA at webservices@ahpra.gov.au, and we will attempt to provide you with an accessible version.

 
 
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