Terms of Reference

The administration of registration and notifications by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency and related entities under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law, with particularly reference to:

(a) the current standards for registration of health practitioners by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and the National Boards under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (National Law);

(b) the role of AHPRA, the National Boards, and other relevant organisations, in addressing concerns about the practice and conduct of registered health practitioners;

(c) the adequacy and suitability of arrangements for health practitioners subject to supervised practice as part of the registration process or due to a notification;

(d) the application of additional requirements for overseas-qualified health practitioners seeking to become registered in their profession in Australia;

(e) the role of universities and other education providers in the registration of students undertaking an approved program of study or clinical training in a health profession;

(f) access, availability and adequacy of supports available to health practitioners subject to AHPRA notifications or other related professional investigations;

(g) the timeliness of AHPRA’s investigation of notifications, including any delays in handling, assessment and decision-making, and responsiveness to notifiers;

(h) management of conflict of interest and professional differences between AHPRA, National Boards and health practitioners in the investigation and outcomes of notifications;

(i) the role of independent decision-makers, including state and territory tribunals and courts, in determining the outcomes of certain notifications under the National Law;

(j) mechanisms of appeal available to health practitioners where regulatory decisions are made about their practice as a result of a notification;

(k) how the recommendations of previous Senate inquiries into the administration of notifications under the National Law have been addressed by the relevant parties; and

(l) any other related matters.


Committee Secretariat contact:

Committee Secretary
Senate Standing Committees on Community Affairs
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3515