NSW Annual Report Summary 2015/16

Local decisions: National Scheme

The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency and the National Boards, reporting on the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme.

At a glance: registering health practitioners in New South Wales in 2015/16

This annual report summary offers a snapshot of our work registering more than 190,000 health practitioners in New South Wales (NSW) for the financial year to 30 June 2016.

A more detailed national profile is published in the AHPRA and the National Boards’ 2015/16 annual report.

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NSW practitioners accounted for 29% of all registered health practitioners in Australia

18,224 new applications for registration were received in NSW this year, an increase of 6% year on year

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18,096 criminal history checks were carried out for applicants in NSW. Of the 868 disclosable court outcomes, none required regulatory action

NSW is the principal place of practice for 41% of all Chinese medicine practitioners nationally

7,401 new applications were received by AHPRA for registration in the nursing profession in 2015/16 (the largest contingent – there were 95,076 people registered as nurses in total)


More than 1/3 of all registered chiropractors, medical radiation practitioners and optometrists in Australia were based in NSW

190,986 health practitioners were registered in NSW in 2015/16, compared with 185,247 the previous year

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Women comprised 74% of the registered NSW health workforce

31% of all Australian health practitioners with a recognised specialty were based in NSW

The top five specialties for medical practitioners in NSW were:

  • general practice (7,593)
  • physician (2,977)
  • surgery (1,825)
  • anaesthesia (1,450), and
  • psychiatry (1,078)