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  • The National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (NRAS) for the health professions operates in Victoria under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (Victoria) Act 2009.

The National Registration and Accreditation Scheme for the health professions (NRAS) was established in 2010. It operates in Victoria under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (Victoria) Act 2009 (‘the Victorian National Law’).

National Registration and Accreditation Scheme

www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/work-nras

The NRAS was established following enactment of legislation in Australian states and territories. The NRAS website has more information about the:

  • history and background of the National Scheme
  • intergovernmental agreement that underpins the NRAS
  • roles and responsibilities of the various statutory bodies established under the scheme.

Information on the development of the National Scheme prior to 2010 is available from the Health Workforce Australia website.

Australia’s Health Workforce Online

www.ahwo.gov.au/natreg.asp

Access to consultation papers, research papers and submissions in the lead up to the establishment of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme.

Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency and the National Boards

www.ahpra.gov.au

The 14 National Boards and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) are responsible for administering the NRAS across Australia.

The Australian Health Workforce Ministerial Council

www.coaghealthcouncil.gov.au

The Australian Health Workforce Ministerial Council is constituted under the National Law and makes statutory decisions with respect to scheme. The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Health Council (CHC) and its advisory body, the Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council (AHMAC), provide a mechanism for the Australian Government, the New Zealand Government and state and territory governments to discuss matters of mutual interest concerning health policy, services and programs.

Health Practitioner Regulation National Law

http://www.ahpra.gov.au/About-AHPRA/What-we-do/Legislation.aspx

All states and territories have enacted legislation to establish the NRAS in their jurisdictions. AHPRA has developed legal practice notes to support consistent interpretation of the National Law.

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