Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency
 

Regulation of paramedics under the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme

What’s new?

  • AHPRA has developed Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) to help answer some of the common questions on the proposed regulation of paramedics.
  • The Health Practitioner Regulation National Law and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2017 (the Amendment Bill) was introduced into Queensland Parliament on 13 June 2017. You can read the Amendment Bill and the Explanatory Notes on the Office of the Queensland Parliamentary Counsel website. A public hearing with stakeholders on the Amendment Bill was held by the Health, Communities, Disability Services and Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Committee of the Queensland Parliament on 17 July 2017. The Queensland Committee’s report was tabled on 11 August 2017. The Committee made one recommendation only - that the Amendment Bill be passed. It is anticipated that the Bill will be debated in the upcoming Parliamentary sitting in early September 2017. The link to the report can be found on the Queensland Parliament website.

  • The recruitment process for appointment of members to the inaugural National Board is on track. Our aim remains for the Australian Health Workforce Ministerial Council to be able to make appointments in September 2017, subject to the Amendment Bill being passed in the Queensland Parliament.

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). 

Regulating paramedics  

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.

Implementation phase

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 (April 2017)
Health Ministers make appointments (anticipated in September 2017)

Be engaged

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

Registration open

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)

FAQ

More information:

Contact

If you have a query, please contact Deb Tapping, project manager by email at Paramedicine.

 
 
 
Page reviewed 16/08/2017