About the review
On 30 September 2022, National Cabinet announced an independently-led review of Australia’s regulatory settings. The review covers health practitioner registration, skill and qualification recognition for overseas trained health professionals and international students who have studied in Australia.
The review process will involve consultation with relevant stakeholders to ensure feedback helps deliver the health workforce Australia needs to provide high-quality health services.
The review will complement the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency’s (Ahpra’s) projects on skill and qualification recognition in critical sectors. The review also links with other related work, including the review of Australia’s migration system.
Supporting the review are:
- the Department of Health and Aged Care
- the Regulatory Reform Division of the Department of Finance
- state and territory governments.
The review has provided an interim report to National Cabinet. The final report is expected mid-2023.
Why it is important
The review will recommend how to streamline and simplify health practitioner regulation, with an aim to ease skills shortages in critical health professions. The review will also focus on how to maintain quality and safety standards designed to protect patients.
Shortages in critical health professions have become more acute as Australia transitions to ‘Living with COVID’. Ensuring Australia’s settings for health practitioner regulation are flexible, efficient and streamlined will ensure they can respond quickly and effectively to future pressures.
The review will consider whether regulatory settings for international health practitioners seeking registration in Australia are:
- fit for purpose
- comparable with similar countries
- not imposing unnecessary barriers or compliance costs on migrants and employers.
Terms of reference
On 8 December 2022, the Australian Government appointed Ms Robyn Kruk AO to lead the review.
Ms Kruk brings a wealth of senior experience in the health and social care sectors, having served in state and Australian Government agency head roles. Including:
- Secretary of NSW Health
- NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet
- inaugural CEO of the National Mental Health Commission.
Ms Kruk has led other independent reviews such as:
- the 2019 Western Australian Government’s Sustainable Health Review
- the 2021 Ministerial Taskforce into Public Mental Health Services for Children and Adolescents in Western Australia
- the 2021 Second Year Review of the National Redress Scheme
- the 2022 the New South Wales Health COVID-19 System Response Debrief.