About the National Scheme
The National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (National Scheme) was established in 2010 to ensure the safety of consumers of health services provided by registered health practitioners. More than 650,000 practitioners from 14 registered health professions are currently regulated nationally.
Under the National Scheme, National Boards and AHPRA work together to ensure that practitioners are appropriately qualified and competent to practise a registered health profession. National Boards exercise functions in accordance with the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law, as in force in each state and territory (the National Law).
Australian Health Ministers agreed on 6 November 2015 to progress the inclusion of paramedics under the National Scheme.
On 24 March 2017, Ministers met as the Australian Health Workforce Ministerial Council (the Ministerial Council) to consider a draft of the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Amendment Bill 2017 (the Amendment Bill) that if passed, will amend the National Law to regulate paramedics under the National Scheme. Once the Amendment Bill is finalised, it will be passed to Queensland and Western Australia for enactment by their respective Parliaments.
What will change?
Subject to the National Law being amended:
- paramedics will be able to be registered nationally for the first time in Australia
- the title ‘paramedic’ will be protected nationally, and
- paramedicine will be a registered health profession.
At this stage, national regulation of paramedics is expected to start in the second half of 2018. The date that national regulation will start for this profession is referred to as the “participation day” and is to be prescribed in a regulation.
- We expect to be able to advertise for first appointments to the inaugural Paramedicine Board on 29 April 2017 - a direct link to the advertising and forms will be available on the Board member recruitment page
- You will also soon have an opportunity to sign up by email to receive the latest news about AHPRA’s implementation of national regulation of paramedics
AHPRA has been tasked with implementing the decision of Ministers.
Our first priority is to work with governments to support Ministers establish the inaugural Paramedicine Board of Australia. Once the National Board is appointed by the Ministerial Council (subject to the Amendment Bill being enacted), our dedicated team will work with the National Board to help ensure that paramedics are ready for national regulation.
Implementation steps and duration
Recruit and appoint
First appointments to inaugural National Board advertised (late April 2017)
Health Ministers make appointments (anticipated in September 2017)
National Board will develop and consult on registration standards, codes, guidelines
Open an AHPRA account - you will be able to create an account for your contact details and when registration is open you can lodge your application for registration online
Approval and decisions
National Board will submit recommended registration standards to Ministers for approval
Accreditation arrangements will be decided by the National Board
List of approved programs will be decided by the National Board
Log in to your AHPRA account and apply for registration and provide all requested documents
Assess and decide
AHPRA will assess your application
National Board will decide if you meet the requirements for registration
Paramedics will be advised of registration outcome
Paramedics regulated under NRAS
(Go live late 2018)
If you have a query, please lodge an online enquiry form and we will respond to you.