Australia: examination of the National Scheme

Regulatory Reform,

Australia's Health Chief Executives' Forum will be launching an examination into the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme. The main foci will be on consistency in decision-making, efficiency of complaints management and the disciplinary process, and appropriateness of entry criteria for newly regulated professions. Specific terms of reference are to

  • identify options to streamline decision-making by existing regulatory bodies to improve consistency;
  • deliver consumer-driven, accessible, and efficient complaints management and disciplinary processes;
  • examine how regulatory decisions are considered by civil and administrative tribunals in each jurisdiction;
  • review current regulatory performance principles to ensure they align with Scheme objectives;
  • consider whether entry criteria as specified in the Intergovernmental Agreement for a National Registration and Accreditation Scheme for the Health Professions are still fit for purpose; and
  • consider whether Health Ministers have sufficient powers to direct entities exercising accreditation functions.

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