Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency - Consultations
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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 – Review of the Criminal history registration standard

Released: 4 June 2024

Closes: 30 July 2024

The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Ahpra) and the National Boards invite you to have your say on the draft Criminal history registration standard (the criminal history standard) and supporting documents.

In late 2023, as part of our work to improve public safety in health regulation the National Boards and Ahpra consulted widely on a range of reforms, including a series of questions about the current version of the criminal history standard.

After consideration of all feedback, we have developed a draft registration standard and new supporting materials. We want to hear from you on how we have responded to feedback, the draft changes we have made to the criminal history standard, and the other material we have developed to explain how the standard is applied.

We have specific questions for you about the draft changes and material along with an opportunity for general comment. You can access the consultation materials below:

You can provide your feedback using our online form. Alternatively, you can provide feedback using the submission template (120 KB,DOCX) and email us at [email protected]

The questions in the online form and submissions template are the same and are based on the questions listed on Page 10 of the consultation paper.

Consultation opens on 4 June 2024 and closes at 5pm (AEST) 30 July 2024.

Publication of submissions

We publish submissions at our discretion. We generally publish submissions to our website to encourage discussion and inform the community and stakeholders about consultation responses. Please let us know if you do not want your submission published.

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 to the consultation. Before publication, we may remove personally identifying information from submissions, including contact detailed.

We can 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 if you want us to treat all or part of it as confidential.

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

Page reviewed 3/07/2024