National Competency Standards for Nurses in Australia

The National Competency Standards in Australia are there to ensure the profession of nursing in Australia reaches and maintains a high standard. In Australia this is monitored by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

These standards were developed originally by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council, but since the introduction of the National Registration Scheme and the establishment of the ANMC as the national accreditation body, now Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC), AHPRA are now responsible for the National Competency Standards

What does this mean for Overseas Nurses

In Australia competecy of nurses is monitored by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. The main purpose of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia is the protection of the public. As such, to be eligible for Nurse Registration, all internationally qualified nurses are expected to be able to demonstrate the achievement of the National Competency Standards. To ensure the protection of the public AHPRA expects that overseas trained nurses must reach these Competency Standards as a minimum.

Some overseas trained nurses may be required to complete a course of supervised practice or a pre-registration course for overseas nurses to ensure they achieve this minimum standard. This is to ensure all nurses practicing as a nurse in Australia have reached the standard of nursing as set out in the National Competency Standards.

See the Supervised Practice page for more information

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