The Board carries out wide-ranging consultation on proposals that affect the profession.
The Board may also publish a discussion paper to explore and seek feedback on practice issues that could affect the profession and the public.
Where there are consultations or discussion papers open for input, they will be shown below.
Where there are consultations which have closed, they will be shown under Past Consultations, along with the submissions that were received.
The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Ahpra) and the National Boards are inviting stakeholders to have their say as part of our review of the Criminal history registration standard (the criminal history standard).
We are reviewing the criminal history standard to make sure it is up to date and is still relevant today. This work is part of our blueprint for reform to strengthen public safety in health regulation, which has a focus on sexual misconduct in healthcare.
The criminal history standard sets out what decision-makers consider when a registered health practitioner or someone who wants to be a registered health practitioner has a criminal history. It helps to make sure that only people who are suitable become or stay registered health practitioners.
Feedback to be received in phase one will inform proposed changes to the criminal history standard, a set of principles about how we work with people affected by professional misconduct by registered health practitioners and any other related guidance we develop.
We are inviting responses to questions about how the standard is applied, as well as general comments, from registered health practitioners, employers, professional associations, the public and other stakeholders.
Feedback is sought on the current version of the criminal history standard, as well as comments on the future direction for other focus areas of our work to improve public safety in health regulation, including:
This consultation will help inform our approach and ensure we have heard a range of views before a revised criminal history standard is developed and another opportunity is provided for stakeholders to comment (phase two).
Released: 3 August 2023
Closes: COB 29 September 2023 (consultation period has been extended)
We have developed a Guide to the review that outlines the key aspects of the consultation. It explains our role, what the review is about and the purpose of this consultation.
You can provide feedback using our online form. Or you can use the submissions template to send us your feedback by emailing us at AhpraConsultation@ahpra.gov.au.
If you need more time or have any questions you can email us at AhpraConsultation@ahpra.gov.au or telephone us on 1300 419 495.
We publish submissions at our discretion. We generally publish submissions on 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 publish 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.
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 the organisations that made the submission unless confidentiality is expressly requested.