The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (National Board), in partnership with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), works to keep the Australian public safe.
The National Board regulates the nursing and midwifery professions by making sure persons seeking registration as an enrolled nurse or registered nurse or midwife have the qualifications, skills and experience required to provide safe, quality care.
The National Board sets registration standards as well as professional codes, standards and guidelines for both the nursing profession and the midwifery profession that underpin safe and competent practice. Together, they
- form a professional practice framework for each profession that defines the requirements for enrolled nurses, registered nurses and midwives, and
- make clear the National Board's expectation on a range of regulatory functions.
Functions of the National Board are to:
- register enrolled nurses, registered nurses, midwives and students of nursing and midwifery
- set the national registration requirements
- assess the internationally qualified enrolled nurse, registered nurse and midwife for registration in Australia
- develop professional codes, standards and guidelines to guide nursing and midwifery practice
- manage notifications, investigations and panel hearings, and
- approve national accreditation standards and accredited programs of study leading to registration and endorsement.
The National Board’s functions are supported by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) office in each state and territory of Australia.
For information about the legislation governing the National Board and AHPRA, see AHPRA's Legislation & Publications website.
Nurses and midwives working in Australia must be registered with the National Board.
Learn more about the National Board. Visit www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au
For more information on the location of AHPRA offices go to Contact us.
Updated August 2013.