Legislation

The National Scheme is governed by a nationally consistent law passed by each state and territory parliament - the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law.

National Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act 2009 (current as of 1 August 2018)
Queensland Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (Queensland)
From 1 July 2014: Health Ombudsman Act 2013

New South Wales Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (NSW) No 86a
Victoria Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (Victoria) Act 2009
Australian Capital Territory    Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (ACT) Act 2010
Northern Territory Health Practitioner Regulation (National Uniform Legislation) Act 2010
Tasmania Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (Tasmania) Act 2010
South Australia Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (South Australia) Act 2010
Western Australia Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (WA) Act 2010

Legislative amendments

Legislative change helps keep practitioner regulation up to date. Two recent reforms are to mandatory reporting and statutory offences through the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2019 (the Act), which was passed by the Queensland Parliament in February 2019.

The amendments include revisions to the National Law mandatory reporting requirements for treating health practitioners, which are intended to support registered practitioners to seek help for any health or wellbeing issue they may have. Penalties for offences under the National Law have also been increased (including the introduction of custodial sentences of up to three years’ imprisonment).

 
 
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