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 will amend the National Law to regulate paramedics under the National Scheme.
The Amendment Bill was introduced into Queensland Parliament on 13 June 2017. 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. The link to the report can be found on the Queensland Parliament website.
The Amendment Bill was passed on 6 September 2017 by the Queensland Parliament and gained assent on 13 September 2017. The amendments will apply in all States and Territories except Western Australia (South Australia also needs to make a regulation to give effect to the amendments). The Legislative Assembly of the Parliament of Western Australia has passed a corresponding amendment Bill (the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (WA) Amendment Bill 2017) which will now be considered by the Legislative Council.
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.
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, our dedicated team will work with the National Board to help ensure that paramedics are ready for national regulation.
Recruit and appoint
First appointments to inaugural National Board advertised (April 2017)
Health Ministers make appointments (anticipated in late September 2017)
National Board will develop and consult on registration standards, codes, guidelines - from October 2017
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 - First quarter 2018
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 - mid 2018
AHPRA will assess your application
National Board will decide if you meet the requirements for registration
Paramedics will be advised of registration outcome
(Go live late 2018)
If you have a query, please contact Deb Tapping, project manager by email at Paramedicine.