22 Dec 2017
The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and National Boards welcome further progress in the adoption of amendments to the National Law this week in South Australia.
Previously, on 6 September 2017, the Queensland Parliament passed a bill containing amendments to the National Law that applied in all states and territories, with the exception of Western Australia(WA) and South Australia. In WA there is a corresponding amendment bill (the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (WA) Amendment Bill 2017) which is currently before their Legislative Council.
Amendments to the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law as it applies in South Australia must be made by regulation.
The South Australian Governor has made the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (South Australia) (Amendment of Law) Regulations 2017 which was published in their Government Gazette on 19 December 2017. This regulation covers those amendments that came into effect on the assent of the Queensland Act and also those that came into effect 28 days after assent.
AHPRA will work with National Boards and state and territory Boards and/or committees, governments, health departments, professions and consumer representatives to support the implementation of these changes into our day to day work in the coming months.
Further amendments to the National Law are likely to be rolled out through a staggered process during 2018.
The Health Practitioner Regulation and National Law and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2017 as passed by the Queensland Parliament can be accessed on the Queensland Parliament website.