04 Feb 2015
A new procedure for checking international criminal history that provides greater public protection takes effect today.
This approach requires certain applicants and practitioners to apply for an international criminal history check from an Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) approved supplier and was first announced in November last year. The supplier will provide the international criminal history check report to the applicant and directly to AHPRA.
AHPRA CEO, Martin Fletcher said the new process for checking international criminal history aimed to strike a balance between public safety and regulatory burden for practitioners.
‘Public protection is at the heart of everything we do. We are providing the Australian community with greater assurance by implementing additional safeguards in managing risks to the public from someone’s international criminal history. The new approach aligns our international criminal history checks with our domestic history checks and aims to be fair and reasonable for practitioners. ’ said Mr. Fletcher.
Under the National Law, National Boards must consider the criminal history of an applicant who applies for registration, including any overseas criminal history1.
There will be no change to existing domestic criminal history check requirements.
All new applicants seeking registration as health practitioners in Australia, if they:
Currently registered practitioners, if they:
Practitioners who have been registered under Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition (TTMR) from 4 February 2015 if they:
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1Section 79(1) of the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law, as in force in each state and territory (National Law)