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Review: English language and criminal history

The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) is participating in public consultation on a review of the common criminal history and English language skills registration standards that has been launched by the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (the National Scheme).  The NMBA is inviting feedback from the community and health practitioners.

The English language skills registration standard sets minimum requirements for practitioners to make sure they can communicate effectively and provide safe care to the Australian community.

The criminal history registration standard sets out what National Boards will consider when deciding whether a health practitioner’s criminal history is relevant to their practice of their profession. The National Law determines what information practitioners must declare to Boards about their criminal history.

Consultation is an important part of the National Board’s engagement with registered health practitioners, members of the public and other stakeholders.

The feedback provided is greatly valued and informs the Board’s development of these important documents. Submissions close on 23 December 2013.

Further information is available on the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia website under Latest news. The consultation paper is available under Current consultations.