Accreditation agreements and terms of reference

Under section 43 of the National Law, each National Board decides whether accreditation functions for the profession it regulates will be undertaken by an external accreditation entity (council) or a committee established by the National Board.

Following a scheduled review of accreditation arrangements, in mid-2018, all National Boards except paramedicine made decisions on assignment of accreditation functions for their profession for the period 1 July 2019 – 30 June 2024. The Paramedicine Board of Australia made a decision to assign accreditation functions for the period 1 December 2018 – 30 November 2023. Ahpra publishes a list of the current accreditation authorities.

For external accreditation councils, Ahpra enters into an agreement with each council to formalise arrangements for service, performance and funding of accreditation functions. Section 44 of the National Law requires the terms of the agreements to be in accordance with the health professions agreement between Ahpra and the relevant National Board. National Boards/Ahpra use Terms of reference to formalise arrangements for accreditation committees.

These documents are a key mechanism to progress priority issues for accreditation including safety and quality, embedding inter-professional learning and practice, improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, addressing cultural safety, achieving greater consistency, sharing good practice, strengthening governance, transparency and accountability, responding to health and workforce priorities and reducing regulatory burden and duplication. These priorities are reflected in the agreements and progress is being achieved in part through the funding and fee setting principles and reporting obligations against key performance indicators detailed in all the agreements and terms of reference.

The guiding principles of the National Law require the National Scheme to operate in a ‘transparent, accountable, efficient, effective and fair way.’ With the support of Accreditation Authorities, the National Boards and Ahpra publish the accreditation agreements and terms of reference to strengthen governance, transparency and accountability around accreditation arrangements. Each document comprises a head agreement/terms of reference and schedules/attachments.

With a five-year head agreement and multi-year terms of reference, the workplan and funding schedules/attachments for each profession are updated at the start of each financial year and the updated versions are published with the head agreement/terms of reference. The schedules/attachments from previous financial years are published in the archive.

Accreditation Agreement and Terms of Reference Process

Head agreement/Terms of reference + Schedules/Attachments = Profession-specific Accreditation Agreement/Terms of Reference.

 Current accreditation agreements/terms of reference

Accreditation Authority Agreement/Terms of Reference date PDF 
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practice Accreditation Committee 25 July 2019 PDF (201KB)
Australian Dental Council 27 June 2019 PDF (289KB)
Australian Medical Council 28 June 2019 PDF (1.76MB)
Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council 17 June 2019 PDF (3.09MB)
Australasian Osteopathic Accreditation Council 31 May 2019 PDF (1.49MB)
Australian Pharmacy Council 19 June 2019 PDF (4.92MB)
Australian Physiotherapy Council 25 June 2019 PDF (333KB)
Australian Psychology Accreditation Council 27 May 2019 PDF (854KB)
Chinese Medicine Accreditation Committee 30 July 2019 PDF (205KB)
Council on Chiropractic Education Australasia 24 June 2019 PDF (464KB)
Medical Radiation Practice Accreditation Committee 22 July 2019 PDF (204KB)
Occupational Therapy Council of Australia 12 June 2019 PDF (282KB)
Optometry Council of Australia and New Zealand 3 June 2019 PDF (1.06MB)
Paramedicine Accreditation Committee 22 July 2019  PDF (171KB)
Podiatry Accreditation Committee 25 October 2019 PDF (130KB)

Archive of terms of reference

Accreditation Authority Terms of Reference date PDF 
Paramedicine Accreditation Committee 22 July 2019  PDF (171KB)
Podiatry Accreditation Committee 24 July 2019 PDF (130KB)

Archive of workplan and funding schedules/attachments for previous financial years

Accreditation Authority Financial year PDF 
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practice Accreditation Committee 2019-2020 PDF (201KB)
Australian Dental Council 2019-2020 PDF (289KB)
Australian Medical Council 2019-2020 PDF (1.76MB)
Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council 2019-2020 PDF (3.09MB)
Australasian Osteopathic Accreditation Council 2019-2020 PDF (1.49MB)
Australian Pharmacy Council 2019-2020 PDF (4.92MB)
Australian Physiotherapy Council 2019-2020 PDF (333KB)
Australian Psychology Accreditation Council 2019-2020 PDF (854KB)
Chinese Medicine Accreditation Committee 2019-2020 PDF (205KB)
Council on Chiropractic Education Australasia 2019-2020 PDF (464KB)
Medical Radiation Practice Accreditation Committee 2019-2020 PDF (204KB)
Occupational Therapy Council of Australia 2019-2020 PDF (282KB)
Optometry Council of Australia and New Zealand 2019-2020 PDF (1.06MB)
Paramedicine Accreditation Committee 2019-2020 PDF (171KB)
Podiatry Accreditation Committee 2019-2020 PDF (130KB)
Accreditation Authority Financial year PDF 
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practice Accreditation Committee 2020-2021 PDF (80.6KB)  
Australian Dental Council 2020-2021 PDF (39.0KB)  
Australian Medical Council 2020-2021 PDF (411KB)  
Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council 2020-2021 PDF (457KB)  
Australian Osteopathic Accreditation Council 2020-2021 PDF (80.7KB)
Australian Pharmacy Council 2020-2021 PDF (376KB)
Australian Physiotherapy Council 2020-2021 PDF (38.7KB)
Australian Psychology Accreditation Council 2020-2021 PDF (127KB)             
Chinese Medicine Accreditation Committee 2020-2021 PDF (78.7KB)  
Council on Chiropractic Education Australasia 2020-2021 PDF (195KB)
Medical Radiation Practice Accreditation Committee 2020-2021 PDF (49.8KB)  
Occupational Therapy Council of Australia 2020-2021 PDF (198KB)  
Optometry Council of Australia and New Zealand 2020-2021 PDF (80.0KB)  
Paramedicine Accreditation Committee 2020-2021 PDF (99.8 KB)
Podiatry Accreditation Committee 2020-2021 PDF (60.0KB)  
 
 
 
Page reviewed 6/09/2021