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National Registration 

The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) has agreed to the introduction of a single national registration and accreditation scheme for health professionals by 1 July 2010. 

Each of the states and the two mainland self-governing territories of Australia will repeal their existing registration legislation. This will have the effect of abolishing the current state and territory based registration boards.  

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Further information is available on the website of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.

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The National Board of Nursing and Midwifery is one of 10 Boards for health professions that will be responsible for the national registration of health professionals in Australia.  A further three Boards will be appointed in 2012.  National registration will mean that nurses and midwives will only need to hold one licence to practise in order to work as a nurse or midwife in any State or Territory of Australia.  Mutual Recognition arrangements will still apply for nurses and midwives who wish to be employed in New Zealand.

A full list of all the Boards may be found on the AHPRA website, using the link on this page.

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