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Consultations

What are consultations?

Ahpra and the National Boards carry out wide-ranging consultation on proposals that affect the professions.

From time to time, they release consultation papers, asking stakeholders to provide input that will help shape registration standards, codes and guidelines, and policies.

Where there are consultations which have closed, they will be shown under Past Consultations, along with the submissions that were received.

For information about our consultation process, visit the Procedures page


 Listed below are links to the 'Current consultations' sections of each profession:

The independently-chaired Accreditation Committee undertakes consultation on accreditation reform and other National Scheme accreditation matters. Please see the link here to the Current consultations section for the Accreditation Committee.


Current consultations

Public Consultation - Regulation of health practitioners who perform and who advertise non-surgical cosmetic procedures

Open: 27 November 2023
Closes: 1 March 2024 (Consultation has been extended for four weeks)

Ahpra and National Boards are reforming the regulation of registered health practitioners who work in the cosmetics sector in Australia, to improve practice and standards, public safety and informed consumer choice.

We are consulting on three documents related to the regulation of registered health practitioners who perform and advertise non-surgical cosmetic procedures. 

We invite you to provide feedback on any or all the following draft guidelines:

  1. Guidelines for nurses who perform non-surgical cosmetic procedures (nurses practice guidelines – applies to nurses only)
  2. Guidelines for registered health practitioners who perform non-surgical cosmetic procedures (shared practice guidelines – applies to registered health practitioners excluding medical practitioners and nurses)
  3. Guidelines for registered health practitioners who advertise non-surgical cosmetic procedures (advertising guidelines – applies to all registered health practitioners).

Background information

The consultation paper below includes an overview of the proposed guidelines and questions to help frame your feedback. 

Have your say

We welcome feedback from organisations, registered health practitioners and the public.

Submissions can be made via an online survey or using the template provided and emailing to AhpraConsultation@ahpra.gov.au. Both methods pose the same specific questions for feedback as well as an opportunity for additional comments. You only need to submit via one method.

Publication of submissions

National Boards publish submissions at their discretion. 

National Boards generally publish submissions on their website to encourage discussion and inform the community and stakeholders. We will not place on our website, or make available to the public, submissions that contain offensive or defamatory comments or which are outside the scope of the subject of the consultation. Before publication, we may remove personally identifying information from submissions, including contact details. 

National Boards accept submissions made in confidence. These submissions will not be published on the website or elsewhere. Submissions may be confidential because they include personal experiences or other sensitive information. A request for access to a confidential submission will be determined in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Cth), which has provisions designed to protect personal information and information given in confidence. 

Please let us know if you do not want us to publish your submission or want us to treat all or part of it as confidential.

Published submissions will include the names of the individuals and/or the organisations that made them, unless confidentiality is expressly requested.

 
 
Page reviewed 9/02/2024