ANMAC helps protect the health and safety of the Australian Community as the independent accrediting authority for nursing and midwifery education under Australia’s National Registration and Accreditation Scheme
ANMAC is also the skills assessing authority for nurses and midwives seeking to migrate under the Australian Government’s General Skilled Migration program
ANMAC is appointed by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) as the independent accrediting authority for nursing and midwifery education under Australia’s National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (the Scheme)
The National Registration and Accreditation Scheme commenced on 1 July 2010. The aims of the Scheme include:
- protecting the public by ensuring that only suitably trained and qualified practitioners are registered;
- facilitating workforce mobility across Australia; and
- enabling the continuous development of a flexible, responsive and sustainable Australian health workforce.
The National Scheme is governed by the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act 2009 (National Law).
The implementation of the National Scheme is the responsibility of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Ahpra). Ahpra works in partnership with 15 National Boards to ensure the community has access to a safe health workforce across all professions registered under the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme.
In accordance with Division 3 of Part 6 of the National Law, ANMAC as the accrediting authority is responsible for:
- developing and reviewing accreditation standards for nursing and midwifery professions in Australia
- determining whether programs f study, and the education providers that provide the programs of study, meet the approved accreditation standards for the nursing and midwifery professions.
- monitoring the approved programs of study and the education providers that provide the programs of study to ensure that they continue to meet the approved accreditation standards for the nursing and midwifery professions.
- Liaising with national and international professional bodies, regulators and educators on matters related to standards of education and practice.
In accordance with Division 3, Part 6 of the National Law, ANMAC must submit all revised accreditation standards to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia for approval. The approved accreditation standard comes into effect from the publication date.
ANMAC is required to notify the Nursing and Midwifery Board Australia of ANMAC’s decisions to accredit a program of study. The NMBA is responsible for approving the accredited program of study as providing a qualification for the purposes of registration in nursing or midwifery. The NMBA notifies AHPRA of the approved programs for inclusion on the Approved Programs of Study list on the AHPRA website.
By fulfilling these functions, ANMAC protects the health and safety of the Australian community by ensuring that nurses and midwives have the skills and knowledge to deliver healthcare and respond to the changing healthcare needs of the community.