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Accreditation ensures the quality of nursing and midwifery professions on behalf of public interest and public safety. It involves comprehensively examining education programs against relevant accreditation standards.

All education providers of nursing and midwifery programs are subject to a national accreditation process. The accreditation process is designed to be timely, transparent, accountable, efficient, effective and responsive for education providers and ANMAC. It is robust, standards focused and risk-based. The risk-based accreditation processes are detailed in the Accreditation Services Risk Framework (647 KB)

Risk-based accreditation

As part of the accreditation process every nursing and midwifery education program undergoes a risk assessment and is assigned a risk rating of low, medium or high.

The risk rating is based on:

  • previous experience in delivering a nursing or midwifery accredited program
  • history of compliance with accreditation standards
  • current conditions on the program imposed by ANMAC or other regulatory bodies
  • any substantiated complaints against a program
  • number of campuses where program will be delivered

The risk-based process provides the following benefits:

  • improving the ease of use and efficiency of the accreditation process for education providers demonstrating they have a low-risk program
  • ensuring that accreditation of education programs is only granted to education providers who meet the required standards
  • focusing ANMAC resources on education providers and programs which present the most risk to students and/or the community
  • building collaborative relationships with education providers 
  • increasing the transparency of processes and decisions
  • increasing capacity for ANMAC to identify and respond to risks
  • improving accreditation processes so they are cost effective and efficient.
  • building relationships with education providers

The risk rating influences the program accreditation , program changes and monitoring.