Ahpra and the Boards perform important public functions in each Australian state and territory. This page explains how Ahpra staff, Board members (including committee members) and members of the public can report serious wrongdoing in the administration of the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law, as in force in each state and territory (National Law).
Each state and territory has passed legislation to protect people who make public interest disclosures about serious wrongdoing in the public sector (also known as ‘whistleblowers’). Ahpra and the Boards are subject to this legislation in most states and territories, but not in all.
Ahpra’s Public Interest Disclosure (Whistleblower) Policy (Whistleblower Policy) sets out the process to deal with serious matters that itis in the public interest to resolve.
Disclosable conduct includes conduct by an Ahpra staff or Board member (including a committee member) that:
Important note: Ahpra’s Whistleblower Policy is for the use of Ahpra staff as well as members of the public. Ahpra policies referenced in the policy will not be accessible to people outside Ahpra.
If you have a concern about apparent serious misconduct regarding Ahpra or a Board, you are encouraged to report your concern to either Ahpra (contact details of appointed Public Interest Disclosure Officers are available in the policy) or to the independent, external hotline set up to receive such reports. Ahpra has arranged for an external contractor, Deloitte, to operate an Independent Whistleblower Hotline to which you may make a public interest disclosure. You may choose to remain anonymous, in which case your identity will not be disclosed to Ahpra.
You can contact the Independent Whistleblower Hotline in the following ways:
If you require further information regarding Ahpra’s public interest disclosure procedures, please refer to the Whistleblower Policy or contact the Independent Whistleblower Hotline.