Accreditation functions are defined in the National Law. Accreditation functions are to:
- develop accreditation standards and recommend them to the relevant National Board for approval
- accredit and monitor education providers and programs of study to ensure that graduates are provided with the knowledge, skills and professional attributes to safely practise the profession in Australia.
- provide advice to National Boards about issues relating to their accreditation functions
- assess overseas qualified practitioners
- assess overseas accrediting authorities.
The first four functions are key functions undertaken by most accreditation authorities. A number of accreditation authorities also have the function of assessing overseas accrediting authorities, but not all.
For more information, see accreditation authorities and accreditation standards.