ANMAC is currently reviewing the Registered Nurse Accreditation Standards. The second phase of consultation for the new standards will begin shortly. To facilitate programs being accredited with the most recent standards, ANMAC will only accept submissions against the Registered Nurse Accreditation Standards 2012 until 31 July 2018.
Education Providers can either submit their application against the Registered Nurse Accreditation Standards 2012 by COB 31 July 2018, or submit their application against the new Registered Nurse Accreditation Standards when they are published. Education Providers who would prefer to use the new standards and require prolongation of their current program can email their request to ANMAC for consideration.
ANMAC anticipates the Registered Nurse Accreditation Standards will be published in 2019. The publication will follow the conclusion of the stakeholder consultation process, review by the Professional Reference Group and approval by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. For more information please see Registered nurse accreditation standards review
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.