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Frequently Asked Questions

Definitions

The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia sits within AHPRA and deals with nursing and midwifery issues, including:

  • registering nursing and midwifery practitioners and students
  • developing practice standards, codes and guidelines for the nursing and midwifery profession
  • handling notifications, complaints, investigations and disciplinary hearings
  • assessing overseas trained practitioners who wish to practise in Australia
  • approving accreditation standards and accredited courses of study.

The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) is the national body for all health practitioners. Nursing and midwifery are just two of 15 health disciplines covered by AHPRA, who support all 14 health boards.

Minor modifications are refinements to program (course) and course (subject) delivery and content that do not significantly affect the objectives and outcomes; or change the nature or emphasis of the program.

The National Guidelines (521 KB) provide a full description of each modification type, with examples.

ANMAC defines a major modification to an accredited program as a substantive matter that will affect the policy or practices of an education provider and that could impact upon program delivery. This includes a:

  • modification
  • alteration
  • addition
  • amendment
  • substitution
  • deletion

of any aspect of the program or education provider, that causes the changes to the

  • substance
  • structure
  • form
  • delivery
  • outcomes of the program

such that students are completing a program that is different to the program that was accredited.

The National Guidelines (521 KB) provide a full description of each modification type, with examples.

Students

Part of ANMAC’s role is to monitor education providers and deal with complaints. If you have a concern with the program you are enrolled in, or a concern with your education provider, your first step is to address that concern with the education provider by following their policy on complaints. If you believe that your complaint has not been addressed after taking this first step, please contact us.

For general information about the status of nursing or midwifery registration or endorsement contact the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). If you have further questions on registration or endorsement, including return-to-practice requirements contact AHPRA.

Education providers

Each program requires its own site visit. In part this is because the assessment team needs to meet with the education provider for a face-to-face discussion and assess the resources relevant to the program being assessed.

Education providers need to notify ANMAC of intended changes to accredited programs. Further information regarding changes can be found in the National Guidelines for the Accreditation of Nursing and Midwifery Programs Leading to Registration and Endorsement in Australia (521 KB) under ‘Part Three—Modifications to existing accredited programs’. In the first instance, however, you should write to ANMAC outlining the proposed changes, the rational for the changes and the impact they will have on the program. You will be advised if these changes require notification.

Yes, however you must include a clear note in your advertisement that the program of study is subject to accreditation by ANMAC and approval by the NMBA.

Following the site visit, the Associate Director for Professional Program (ADPP) provides you with a site visit report identifying if you need to provide further evidence. The ADPP will give you timeframes for doing so. You can discuss and clarify outstanding issues with the ADPP as required.

The accreditation standards for nurses, midwives and nurse practitioners all require that an education provider demonstrates suitable resources to run the proposed program. The assessment team therefore needs to conduct a site visit to ensure the education provider has adequate resources for the anticipated number of students to be enrolled. The assessment team needs to see evidence of teaching spaces, nursing or midwifery laboratory spaces and equipment, student services and support services. The assessment team also interviews students and industry partners, preferably face-to-face.

The outcome of the assessment team’s initial review of your program forms the Draft Collated Review and is the basis of the agenda ANMAC sends to you before our site visit. The Associate Director for Professional Programs is responsible for providing updates and communicating information on your assessment process, such as the outcomes of assessment team meetings or site reviews.

Yes. If you believe there is a real or perceived conflict of interest with a nominated assessment team member you should write to the Executive Director of Accreditation, within 5 business days, at accreditation@anmac.org.au outlining your objection. If we do not hear from you within this timeframe the assessment team will remain as nominated.

Your contact is the Associate Director for Professional Programs assigned to coordinate your accreditation process. The director will liaise with you on all matters relating to your application and assessment process.

You can send all electronic submissions to ANMAC by posting a USB or using a Cloud-based link to the document (such as DropBox).

The number of copies required varies depending on the stage of the accreditation process.

Initial submission—1 electronic (USB or Cloud-based link) and 1 hard copy

You need to submit 1 electronic copy (UBS or Cloud-based link, such as DropBox) and 1 hard copy for the preliminary review by the assigned Associate Director for Professional Programs.

Once an ADPP has reviewed your initial submission, there are two potential outcomes:

  1. The ADPP finds that enough evidence has been provided and ANMAC sends the initial submission to the assessment team for review. Some assessment team members prefer an electronic copy and some members prefer a hard copy. ANMAC will therefore contact you to ask for more hard copies if required.
  2. If the ADPP finds that substantially more evidence is required to address the standards, you will be asked to revise your submission. After the ADPP has reviewed your revised submission, ANMAC will send it to the assessment team for review. Initially ANMAC requires 1 electronic copy, however some assessment team members prefer a hard copy. ANMAC will therefore contact you to ask for more hard copies if required.

Final submission—1 electronic copy (USB or Cloud-based link)

After the site visit the ADPP will ask you to provide a final submission. This updated submission must include all additional evidence requested by the assessment team. One electronic copy is required. Once your program is accredited, you need to provide ANMAC with a final electronic copy of your submission on USB or via Cloud-based link, such as DropBox. This copy is kept on file as your accredited program.

All programs leading to registration or endorsement must be first accredited by ANMAC's Board and approved as a qualification for registration by the NMBA before students can enrol into the program.

It usually takes ANMAC a minimum of 9 months to assess an accreditation submission. Submissions with multiple sites or programs usually take longer. Our process is detailed and comprehensive. This is to ensure academic quality, public accountability and public safety. For more information please read the National Guidelines for the Accreditation of Nursing and Midwifery Programs Leading to Registration and Endorsement in Australia (521 KB).

Yes. It is mandatory to use ANMAC’s application pack (forms, checklists and templates). Each qualification has its own template which address the relevant standards and criteria for a nursing and midwifery education programs. If you do not use the correct forms, checklists and templates, we cannot progress your application for accreditation and will experience delays.

At least two months before you lodge your submission for accreditation and at least 14 months before you wish to enrol your students into the program. This timeframe enables ANMAC to complete a full assessment of your program and place it on the NMBA website of approved programs. Students cannot be enrolled into a program of study until the program is on the Approved programs of study list on the NMBA website.

Assessors

If you have an question that is not included on this FAQ page, please contact us.

ANMAC needs you to review submissions independently and not discuss your views or work with other members of the assessment team until the teleconference is held to exchange views. Doing so damages the integrity of the accreditation assessment process at an early stage and can, ultimately, delay program accreditation. If you have questions, contact your Associate Director for Professional Programs.

Yes, assessors are paid for their time and expenses. For more information please refer to the assessor handbook (448 KB)

If you are interested in becoming an ANMAC assessor please visit become an assessor for an overview of what is involved.