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Regulation and registration

The regulation of nursing and midwifery in Australia is both a federal and a state or territory responsibility.

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council (ANMC)

At the federal level, the ANMC is a peak organisation established to facilitate a national approach to nursing and midwifery regulation. The ANMC works with state and territory Nursing and Midwifery Regulatory Authorities (NMRAs) in evolving standards for statutory nursing and midwifery regulation. These standards are flexible, effective and responsive to the health care requirements of the Australian population, and include national competency standards and codes of conduct and ethics for registered and enrolled nurses, nurse practitioners and midwives.

Further information and free copies of the national standards can be obtained from the ANMC website. 

The ANMC is also an authorised assessing authority for the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) and undertakes skills assessments of internationally qualified nurses and midwives seeking permanent migration in Australia. However, it does not register individual nurses and midwives. This is the responsibility of the NMRAs.

The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia

On 1 July 2010, the separate state and territory nursing and midwifery boards merged into the new merged into the new Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. The functions of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia are supported by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), and include:

  • registering nursing and midwifery practitioners and students
  • developing standards, codes and guidelines for the nursing and midwifery profession
  • handling notifications, complaints, investigations and disciplinary hearings
  • assessing overseas trained practitioners who wish to practise in Australia  
  • approving accreditation standards and accredited courses of study.



Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council
The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council (ANMC) is a peak organisation established to facilitate a national approach to nursing and midwifery regulation. The ANMC works with state and territory Nursing and Midwifery Regulatory Authorities (NMRAs) in evolving standards for statutory nursing and midwifery regulation.
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Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia
The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia sets policy and professional standards for national registration, and registers nursing and midwifery practitioners as well as students. The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia's operations are supported by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
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