Ahpra and the National Boards have developed a nationally consistent approach to auditing health practitioners’ compliance with mandatory registration standards. Audits are an important part of the way National Boards and Ahpra can better protect the public. They help to ensure that nurses and midwives are meeting the mandatory registration standards and provide important assurance to the community and the National Boards.
Audits of random samples of health practitioners from all professions will occur periodically throughout the year.
If you are selected for audit, you will receive an audit notice in the mail from Ahpra. It includes a checklist that outlines what supporting documentation is required to demonstrate that you meet the standard(s) being audited.
Each time you apply to renew your registration, you make a declaration that you have (or have not) met the registration standards for your profession. The audit requires that you provide further information to support your declarations.
Your audit notice letter will identify which standard/standards are being audited. One or more of the following four mandatory registration standards may be audited.
The audit covers the period 1 June to 31 May the following year and all questions on your audit checklist relate to this period. The below registration standards were in effect during this period.
Under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law, as in force in each state and territory, Ahpra can request (on behalf of a National Board) you to provide evidence, within 28 days, that you meet the standards, as declared in your previous annual statement.
Your annual statement is made when you apply to renew your registration. It is supported by a declaration confirming that it is ‘true and correct’.
The annual statement also includes (among other things) statements about whether:
To help you fulfil the requirements of the audit a number of guidance documents and templates are available. You can print and complete these then submit them as part of your audit response.
Continuing professional development
Recency of practice
Professional indemnity insurance
If you need more information, please email the audit team at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the customer service line Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm on 1300 419 495.