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Program accreditation

Communique update (172 KB) - implementation of risk-based accreditation process and opportunities for enhancement.

Accreditation of nursing and midwifery education programs in undertaken in the interest of public safety. ANMAC is responsible for determining whether programs of study for nurses and midwives seeking to practice in Australia meet the required accreditation standards. It involves comprehensively examining education programs against relevant accreditation standards.

ANMAC is currently implementing a risk-based accreditation process

When will the risk assessment take place?

1. All new applications for accreditation will receive a risk assessment after the accreditation assessment is completed. 

2. Significant changes made to an approved education program, may trigger a risk assessment of the program after the assessment of the program changes are completed. 

The risk assessment will determine the specific areas of a program, if any, that require targeted monitoring

Accreditation assessment timeframe

It takes an average of nine months for ANMAC to complete the accreditation assessment from the date the application is received. The timeframe is dependent on the quality of the application and evidence provided.  

The timeframe for accreditation assessment is subject to change depending on the complexity and extent of the assessment required. Factors influencing this include: 

  • programs involving dual and combined degrees
  • programs involving a number of sites or campuses
  • multiple programs are being assessed at the same time.

In these cases, ANMAC will discuss the timeframes with the education provider and agree to them in their Accreditation Schedule

The Nursing and Midwifery Board Accreditation’s (NMBA) approval process timeframe is separate to ANMAC’s accreditation assessment. NMBA approval is essential for a program to lead to registration or endorsement.

At this time ANMAC is not providing accreditation schedules. Education providers can contact the Accreditation Services team to discuss accreditation timelines. 

Review date: 
Sunday, 26 February 2017