Information Publication Scheme

The Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Cth) (FOI Act) establishes an Information Publication Scheme (IPS).
Information Publication Scheme

Our Information Publication Scheme (IPS)

The Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Cth) (FOI Act) establishes an Information Publication Scheme (IPS). The IPS requires Australian Government agencies to publish certain information. The FOI Act also requires agencies to publish a plan that explains how they have implemented the IPS.

The IPS promotes accessibility to government information. Participating agencies are encouraged to proactively provide information rather than being reactive to individual requests for documents.

The Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Regulation 2018 requires the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), its governing body (the Agency Management Committee), and each National Board to participate in the IPS from 1 June 2019.

AHPRA, National Boards and the Agency Management Committee have worked together to develop a shared Information Publication Plan and IPS page.

Under our IPS we are required to publish:

  • our Information Publication Plan
  • who we are and our structure
  • details of certain statutory appointments1
  • details of consultation arrangements for members of the public to comment on policy proposals
  • information that is routinely provided through freedom of information requests
  • information that the agency routinely provides to Parliament
  • how to contact us to seek access to information
  • our operational information. This is information that assists us to perform or exercise our functions or powers in making decisions or recommendations that affect members of the public.  

1 Noting that the Agency Management Committee, AHPRA and National Boards are exempt from the requirement to publish the details of the appointment of agency officers under regulation 15(e) of the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Regulation 2018.

The National Health Practitioner Ombudsman and Privacy Commissioner (NHPOPC) has oversight of our IPS.

Members of the public who believe that our decisions about access to information do not meet the requirements of the FOI Act can raise a complaint with the NHPOPC.

Find information about how to contact the NHPOPC on their website.

Our shared Information Publication Plan sets out how AHPRA, the Agency Management Committee and each National Board implements and administers the IPS in a manner that complies with the FOI Act.

The Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (National Law) is in force within each Australian state and territory. The National Law establishes a National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (National Scheme) for participating health professions. Information about the National Scheme can be found on the What we do page.

The professions currently regulated under the National Scheme are:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practice
  • Chinese medicine
  • Chiropractic
  • Dentistry
  • Medicine
  • Medical Radiation Practice
  • Nursing
  • Midwifery
  • Occupational therapy
  • Optometry
  • Osteopathy
  • Paramedicine
  • Pharmacy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Podiatry
  • Psychology

The National Law establishes standards that need to be met in order to be registered as a health practitioner and prohibits members of the public from claiming membership of a profession when they are not registered. The National Law also provides a framework for setting and maintaining professional standards and responding to public safety concerns.

In order to do this the National Law establishes National Boards to regulate each profession. National Boards are responsible for developing codes and guidelines, overseeing the accreditation of education providers and making decisions in response to applications for registration and notifications (concerns) raised about individual registered health practitioners.

Links to each National Board website are available on the National Boards page. Each website contains more information about the role and responsibilities of National Boards.

The National Law also established AHPRA. AHPRA is responsible for working with each National Board to develop policy and make regulatory decisions. More information about AHPRA, office locations and structure can be found under About AHPRA.

AHPRA is governed by the Agency Management Committee. Information about the structure, role and membership of the committee is available on the Agency Management Committee page.

In practice National Boards often delegate decision making power to state and territory boards and committees. Information about National Board delegations can be found on the Delegations page. In addition, an overview of the structure of each National Board and boards and committees established to make delegated decisions can be found in the table below:

Name of Board Organisational Chart
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practice Board of Australia PDF (39.9KB)
Chinese Medicine Board of Australia PDF (59.7KB)
Chiropractic Board of Australia PDF (30.9KB)
Dental Board of Australia PDF (77.7KB)
Medical Board of Australia PDF (80.8KB)
Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia PDF (62.9KB)
Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia PDF (39.2KB)
Occupational Therapy Board of Australia PDF (107KB)
Optometry Board of Australia PDF (75.4KB)
Osteopathy Board of Australia PDF (75.8KB)
Paramedicine Board of Australia PDF (34.9KB)
Pharmacy Board of Australia PDF (74.6KB)
Physiotherapy Board of Australia PDF (76.6KB)
Podiatry Board of Australia PDF (74.1KB)
Psychology Board of Australia PDF (78.2KB)

A guide to the National Scheme is available on the COAG Health Council website.

AHPRA and National Boards undertake wide-ranging public consultation about proposals that affect health professions. Consultation processes often relate to the development or review of policies, codes, guidelines or standards.

AHPRA and National Boards publish details of current consultations on their websites. Details of consultations listed on the AHPRA website can be found on the Consultations page along with links to the consultation pages within each National Board website.

National Boards, the Agency Management Committee and AHPRA are accountable to the COAG Health Council sitting as the Ministerial Council established under the National Law. The COAG Health Council consists of the Health Minister from each state and territory and the Commonwealth. The COAG Health Council is provided with information about the operation and performance of the National Scheme.

As a result of these governance arrangements information is not routinely provided to Parliaments by National Boards, the Agency Management Committee or AHPRA.

From time to time National Boards, the Agency Management Committee or AHPRA may make submissions to a Parliament in response to a particular issue, request or inquiry. Past submissions to Parliament can be viewed on the Corporate publications page.

Many documents produced by National Boards, the Agency Management Committee or AHPRA are published on our websites.

Contact us

You can contact the Senior Legal Advisor, Information Release on 1300 419 495 or niru@ahpra.gov.au if you would like to enquire about the IPS or would like to request access to an unpublished document. 

Freedom of Information requests

The FOI Act gives any person the legal right to access documents in our possession unless an exemption applies.

Information about how to make a Freedom of Information request can be found on the Making an FOI Request page.

There is no fee for making a Freedom of Information request. However, we may charge a fee for processing an application under the Freedom of Information (Charges) Regulations 1982 (Cth).

If we propose charging a processing fee we will contact you and provide an estimate before processing your request.

You can ask for processing charges to be waived or reduced for various reasons (such as financial hardship or public interest grounds). We will ask you to explain your reasons and you may need to provide evidence.

Freedom of Information disclosure log

The FOI Act requires AHPRA to maintain a Freedom of Information disclosure log of all documents released under the Act unless an exemption applies.

AHPRA’s FOI disclosure log can be accessed on the Freedom of information disclosure log page.

Certain information published to the disclosure log can be downloaded. A request to access other information noted in the disclosure log can be made in writing. Details about how to do this can be found on the Freedom of information disclosure log page. A printing charge of 15 cents per page will be made for documents provided in hardcopy.

 

National Boards, the Agency Management Committee and AHPRA produce a range of documents that assist us to perform our functions and exercise our powers. Some of the operational information we produce is shared. Other documents may only apply to a single agency (eg AHPRA).

Our operational information is set out below.

Shared operational and other information

Corporate information

  • The National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (NRAS) Strategy sets out the shared vision, mission and strategic priorities of National Boards and AHPRA.
  • Our annual reports include extensive data about health practitioner registration and regulation in Australia.
  • National Boards and AHPRA work together to publish a Health Profession Agreement that details the fees payable by health practitioners, the annual budget of National Boards and the services provided by AHPRA that enable the National Board to carry out its functions under the National Law.
  • National Boards and AHPRA are developing an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health strategy. Information about the strategy and the AHPRA Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan 2018-2019 is published on our website.

Regulatory principles

We have developed the Regulatory Principles for the National Scheme. These principles guide our decision-making and promote a responsive, risk-based approach to regulation across professions.

Sharing reasons for decisions about notifications with notifiers

The National Law allows National Boards to decide whether to provide notifiers with reasons for decisions made in response to notifications. The National Boards have produced the Common protocol for informing notifiers about the reasons for National Board decisions to explain when reasons for decisions will be provided to notifiers. The common protocol can be downloaded from each National Board website.

Practice information guidelines

The National Law enables National Boards to require registered health practitioners to provide information about their practice at any time. The National Boards have produced the guideline Informing a National Board about where you practise to explain what information practitioners need to produce depending on the business arrangements they maintain in order to provide health services. The guideline can be downloaded from each National Board website.

General information about endorsements for scheduled medicines

Guidelines for National Boards making applications and submissions to the Ministerial Council in relation to approvals for endorsements for scheduled medicines are published on our website.

General information about advertising compliance

We regulate advertising of regulated health professions. Information and guidelines about the regulation of advertising can be found in the Advertising resources section.

General information about the registration of health practitioners

Information about the registration of health practitioners including how to make an application, standards and processes can be found on the Registration page.

General information about the education of health practitioners

Information about the accreditation of education providers, approved programs of study and the continuing professional development of registered health practitioners can be found in our Education section.

General information about notifications

Information about how to make a notification (raise a concern) about a registered health practitioner or student and how AHPRA and National Boards respond to notifications can be found on the Make a complaint page.

General information about monitoring and compliance

  • Information about how AHPRA and National Boards monitor and address compliance with registration conditions and undertakings can be found on the Monitoring and compliance page.
  • National Restrictions Library has been created to promote the use of language within registration conditions and undertakings that are clear in meaning, able to be complied with, mitigate risk and are capable of being monitored.
  • Information about drug and alcohol screening protocols and reporting can be found on our website.
  • Protocols relating to the use of gender-based and chaperone restrictions can be found on the Gender based restrictions and chaperone protocol page.
  • All National Boards have agreed on a policy about the removal of reprimands from the national Register of practitioners. Information about the policy can be found on the Removal of reprimands page.
 

AHPRA, Agency Management Committee and National Boards information

Corporate information

Information about the registration of health practitioners and students

Information about notifications (concerns) about registrants and legal processes

Information about monitoring compliance with registration conditions and undertakings


* Please contact AHPRA to request access to this document

Information about the Agency Management Committee including its communiques and charter can be found on the Agency Management Committee page.

Registration standards

Registration standards set by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practice Board of Australia can be viewed on the Registration standards page.

Policies, codes and guidelines

Policies, codes and guidelines issued by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practice Board of Australia can be viewed on the Codes and guidelines page.

Accreditation standards

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practice accreditation standards can be downloaded from the Accreditation page.

Registration standards

Registration standards set by the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia can be viewed on the Registration standards page.

Policies, codes and guidelines

Policies, codes and guidelines issued by the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia can be viewed on the Codes and guidelines page.

Accreditation standards

The Chinese medicine accreditation standards can be downloaded from the Accreditation page.

Registration standards

Registration standards set by the Chiropractic Board of Australia can be viewed on the Registration standards page.

Policies, codes and guidelines

Policies, codes and guidelines issued by the Chiropractic Board of Australia can be viewed on the Codes and guidelines page.

Accreditation standards

The Council on Chiropractic Education Australasia Accreditation and Competency Standards 2017 can be downloaded from the Accreditation page.

Registration standards

Registration standards set by the Dental Board of Australia can be viewed on the Registration standards page.

Policies, codes and guidelines

Policies, codes and guidelines issued by the Dental Board of Australia can be viewed on the Codes and guidelines page.

Accreditation standards

The Accreditation Standards for Dental Practitioner Programs can be downloaded from the Accreditation page.

Registration standards

Registration standards set by the Medical Board of Australia can be viewed on the Registration standards page.

Policies, codes and guidelines

Policies, codes and guidelines issued by the Medical Board of Australia can be viewed on the Codes and guidelines page.

Accreditation standards

The accreditation standards for medical schools and specialist colleges can be found on the Accreditation page.

Registration standards

Registration standards set by the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia can be viewed on the Registration standards page.

Policies, codes and guidelines

Policies, codes and guidelines issued by the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia can be viewed on the Codes and guidelines page.

Accreditation standards

The Medical Radiation Practice Approved accreditation standards can be downloaded from the Accreditation page.

Registration standards

Policies, codes and guidelines

Accreditation standards

A link to the Nursing and Midwifery accreditation standards can be found on the Accreditation page.

Registration standards

Registration standards set by the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia can be viewed on the Registration standards page.

Policies, codes and guidelines

Policies, codes and guidelines issued by the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia can be viewed on the Codes and guidelines page.

Accreditation standards

Accreditation standards set by the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia can be found on the Accreditation page.

Registration standards

Registration standards set by the Optometry Board of Australia can be viewed on the Registration standards page.

Policies, codes and guidelines

Policies, codes and guidelines issued by the Optometry Board of Australia can be viewed on the Codes, guidelines and policies page.

Accreditation standards

Accreditation standards set by the Optometry Board of Australia can be found on the Accreditation page.

Registration standards

Registration standards set by the Osteopathy Board of Australia can be viewed on the Registration standards page.

Policies, codes and guidelines

Policies, codes and guidelines issued by the Osteoptathy Board of Australia can be viewed on the Codes and guidelines page.

Accreditation standards

The Accreditation standards for osteopathic courses in Australia can be downloaded from the Accreditation page.

Registration standards

Policies, codes and guidelines

Approved qualifications

Information about qualifications that may lead to registration in paramedicine can be found on the Qualifications for registration page.

Registration standards

Registration standards set by the Pharmacy Board of Australia can be viewed on the Registration standards page.

Policies, codes and guidelines

Policies, codes and guidelines issued by the Pharmacy Board of Australia can be viewed on the Codes, guidelines and policies page.

Accreditation standards

Information about the accreditation of education providers and approved programs of study can be found on the Accreditation page.

Registration standards

Registration standards set by the Physiotherapy Board of Australia can be viewed on the Registration standards page.

Policies, codes and guidelines

Policies, codes and guidelines issued by the Physiotherapy Board of Australia can be viewed on the Codes and guidelines page.

Accreditation standards

Information about the accreditation of education providers and approved programs of study can be found on the Accreditation page.

Registration standards

Registration standards set by the Podiatry Board of Australia can be viewed on the Registration standards page.

Policies, codes and guidelines

Policies, codes and guidelines issued by the Podiatry Board of Australia can be viewed on the Policies, codes and guidelines page.

Accreditation standards

Information about the accreditation of education providers and approved programs of study can be found on the Accreditation page.

Registration standards

Policies, codes and guidelines

Policies, codes and guidelines issued by the Psychology Board of Australia can be viewed on the Codes, guidelines and policies page.

Accreditation standards

The Accreditation standards for psychology programs can be downloaded from the Accreditation page.

 
 
 
Page reviewed 31/05/2019