Where there are consultations which have closed, they will be shown below along with the individual submissions that were received and considered.
Where there are consultations which are open for input, they will be shown under Current Consultations.
Released: 11 May 2021
Closed: 6 July 2021
Ahpra and the 12 National Boards that share a Code of conduct carried out a public consultation on a revised shared Code. The National Boards invited practitioners, stakeholders and the community to give feedback on the revised Code of conduct.
A consultation paper that included an overview of the review, case studies, high level overviews of the proposed changes to the revised Code and optional questions was made available. Links to the consultation documents are available below.
To help promote safe and effective care the following National Boards share the Code of conduct (the Code) that sets out their expectations of professional behaviour and conduct for registered health practitioners.
The code is reviewed regularly to make sure it continues to reflect the standard of conduct and behaviour expected of registered health practitioners by the National Boards, and so that the public can better understand the expected conduct of practitioners. The revised code aims to be a relevant and useful resource for practitioners, while being more accessible to the public.
Submissions will be published soon.
Released: 23 March 2021
Closed: 18 May 2021
The National Boards and Ahpra carried out a public consultation on the revised Regulatory principles for the National Scheme.
The regulatory principles encourage a responsive, risk-based approach to regulation across all professions within the National Scheme. They also acknowledge the importance of community confidence and working with the professions to achieve good outcomes.
The draft revised Regulatory principles reflect two recent policy directions issued by COAG Health Council which provide a clear mandate to the National Boards and Ahpra to further strengthen public protection in the work of the National Scheme.
Released: 11 September 2019
Closed: 17 December 2019
National Boards (excluding psychology and pharmacy) and AHPRA carried out a public consultation on the proposed Supervised practice framework as part of their project to enable a consistent, responsive and risk-based approach to supervised practice across the National Scheme.
Released: 11 September 2019
Closed: 26 November 2019
The National Boards and AHPRA carried out a public consultation on the Guidelines for advertising a regulated health service. The guidelines were developed to explain the advertising requirements in the National Law and to help advertisers (including registered health practitioners) to meet these requirements and advertise responsibly. The review is to make sure the guidelines are as contemporary, relevant and effective as possible.
The 14 National Boards in the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (the National Scheme) released for public consultation draft guidelines on Mandatory notifications.
Released: 11 September 2019
Closed: 6 November 2019
The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) sought feedback from all interested persons and organisations, particularly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals, organisations and health experts on the definition of ‘cultural safety’.
Released: 3 April 2019
Closed: 24 May 2019
The Accreditation Committees for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practice, Chinese medicine and medical radiation practice professions have completed public consultation as part of a joint project to develop revised accreditation standards.
Released: 29 August 2018
Closed: 22 October 2018
The Accreditation Committees consulted on their draft revised accreditation standards, and invited feedback from education providers, practitioners, other stakeholders and the community.
The following submissions were received for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practice, Chinese medicine and medical radiation practice as part of the joint project:
Profession specific submissions can be viewed on each National Board’s webpage.
National Boards and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) have completed public consultation as part of a scheduled review of accreditation arrangements from mid-2019, when the current terms of assignment of accreditation functions end.
Released: 17 April 2018
Closed: 14 May 2018
Submissions to this consultation are published below. A brief consultation report is also provided.
The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and the National Boards of Australia have published a consultation paper on the draft guideline for informing a National Board about where you practise.
Released: 13 April 2018
Closed: 25 May 2018
The 14 National Boards in the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (the National Scheme) released for public consultation draft guidelines on the regulatory management of registered health practitioners and students infected with blood-borne viruses.
Released: 24 July 2014
Closed: 26 September 2014
National Boards have undertaken public consultation on a review of the English language skills and Criminal history registration standards.
Released: 25 October 2013
Closed: 23 December 2013
All National Boards have undertaken further public consultation on a proposal to refine international criminal history checks.
Released: 1 October 2013
Closed: 31 October 2013
Submissions to this consultation are provided below. AHPRA and National Board’s response to the consultation feedback is also included.
Released: 4 April 2013
Closed: 30 May 2013
The 14 National Boards in the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (the National Scheme) consulted on the following proposed guidelines:
Most Boards also consulted on a revised Code of conduct (either the code shared by most National Boards, or for some Boards there is a profession-specific code). Boards that did not consult on their code as part of this consultation were the Medical Board of Australia and Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.
Below is a compilation of information about board-specific codes of conduct to assist stakeholders of multiple National Boards.
Released: 22 February 2013
Closed: 5 April 2013
This consultation paper welcomed feedback on the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme - Data access and research policy.
The policy established a consistent approach to requests for data access and research participation across the National Scheme in accordance with the National Law and the regulatory functions of the National Boards.
Submissions to the public consultation on international criminal history checks are progressively being published. If an organisation or individual has asked that their submission made during the preliminary consultation phase be considered in the public consultation phase, then these submissions will also be published.
Submissions to the public consultation are published below. If an organisation or individual has asked that their submission made during the preliminary consultation phase be considered in the public consultation phase, then these submissions are also published.
Public submissions are available on this website for transparency on our consultations regarding important matters affecting health practitioners.
We publish submissions in their original format as made by the submitter. If you have difficulty accessing a submission, please contact AHPRA at email@example.com, and we will try to contact the submitter to provide an accessible version of their submission for your reference.
Please note that submitters are asked to provide their submissions to our public consultations in web accessible formats, and we guide them on how this can be achieved. We will update inaccessible submissions on this website when accessible format versions of files become available.