Accreditation agreements and terms of reference

Under section 43 of the National Law, each National Board decides whether accreditation functions for the profession it regulates will be undertaken by an external accreditation entity (council) or a committee established by the National Board.

Following a scheduled review of accreditation arrangements, in mid-2018, all National Boards except paramedicine made decisions on assignment of accreditation functions for their profession for the period 1 July 2019 – 30 June 2024. In November 2018, the Paramedicine Board of Australia made a decision to assign accreditation functions for the period 1 December 2018 – 30 November 2021. AHPRA publishes a list of the current accreditation authorities.

For external accreditation councils, AHPRA enters into an agreement with each council to formalise arrangements for service, performance and funding of accreditation functions. Section 44 of the National Law requires the terms of the agreements to be in accordance with the health profession agreement between AHPRA and the relevant National Board. National Boards/AHPRA use Terms of reference to formalise arrangements for accreditation committees.

The guiding principles of the National Law require the National Scheme to operate in a ‘transparent, accountable, efficient, effective and fair way’. With the support of the Accreditation Authorities, the National Boards and AHPRA have published the current accreditation agreements and terms of reference to strengthen governance, transparency and accountability around accreditation arrangements.

These documents are a key mechanism to progress priority issues for accreditation including safety and quality, embedding inter-professional learning and practice, improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, addressing cultural safety, achieving greater consistency, sharing good practice, strengthening governance, transparency and accountability, responding to health and workforce priorities and reducing regulatory burden and duplication. These priorities, objectives and guiding principles are reflected in the agreements. Progress on these issues will be achieved in part through the funding and fee setting principles and reporting obligations against key performance indicators detailed in all the agreements and terms of reference.

Each document comprises a head agreement/terms of reference and schedules/attachments.

With a five-year head agreement and multi-year terms of reference, the schedules/attachments will be updated each financial year and added to the agreements and terms of reference for each Accreditation Authority.

Accreditation Agreement and Terms of Reference Process

Head agreement/Terms of reference + Schedules/Attachments = Profession-specific Accreditation Agreement/Terms of Reference.

 Current accreditation agreements/terms of reference

Accreditation Authority Agreement/Terms of Reference Date PDF  Schedule/attachment date
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practice Accreditation Committee 25 July 2019 PDF (201KB) 25 July 2019
Australian Dental Council 27 June 2019 PDF (289KB) 27 June 2019
Australian Medical Council 28 June 2019 PDF (1.76MB) 28 June 2019
Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council 17 June 2019 PDF (3.09MB) 17 June 2019
Australasian Osteopathic Accreditation Council 31 May 2019 PDF (1.49MB) 31 May 2019
Australian Pharmacy Council 19 June 2019 PDF (4.92MB) 19 June 2019
Australian Physiotherapy Council 25 June 2019 PDF (333KB) 25 June 2019 
Australian Psychology Accreditation Council 27 May 2019 PDF (854KB) 27 May 2019
Chinese Medicine Accreditation Committee 30 July 2019 PDF (205KB) 30 July 2019
Council on Chiropractic Education Australasia 24 June 2019 PDF (464KB) 24 June 2019
Medical Radiation Practice Accreditation Committee 22 July 2019 PDF (204KB) 22 July 2019
Occupational Therapy Council of Australia 12 June 2019 PDF (282KB) 12 June 2019
Optometry Council of Australia and New Zealand 3 June 2019 PDF (1.06MB) 3 June 2019
Paramedicine Accreditation Committee 22 July 2019  PDF (171KB) 22 July 2019 
Podiatry Accreditation Committee 25 October 2019 PDF (130KB) 25 October 2019
Page reviewed 28/11/2019