AHPRA conducts regular audits of health practitioners on behalf of the National Boards.
Audits are an important way for all practitioners to demonstrate to the Boards and the public that they understand, have met, and will continue to meet the mandatory registration standards relevant to their profession.
At registration renewal, each practitioner submits their annual statement declaring their compliance with these standards.
The purpose of audit is to confirm that the practitioner has complied with these standards. Audit involves the assessment of information submitted as evidence of compliance, and taking relevant action if compliance is not confirmed.
AHPRA and the National Boards have developed a nationally consistent approach to audit for all practitioners.
Each time a practitioner applies to renew their registration they make an annual statement declaring that during the previous registration period they have (or have not) fully met the four mandatory registration standards for their profession.
This annual statement includes (but is not limited to) declarations about whether the practitioner has:
Under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law, as in force in each state and territory (the National Law), AHPRA can request (on behalf of a Board) that the practitioner submit further information as evidence to demonstrate that they have met the standards, as declared in their annual statement.
Each year a random sample of practitioners are selected for audit.
The practitioner will receive an audit notice in the mail from AHPRA.
The audit notice will:
To avoid submitting unnecessary information, it is important that the practitioner carefully follows the directions in their audit notice.
All four mandatory registration standards could be audited at any time.
Practitioners should anticipate an audit and should routinely maintain their records in accordance with the standards and guidance information developed by the Board and relevant to their profession.
The boards determine which standard/s are the ‘audited standards’ for each specified audit period. Each audit will target one or more of the standard/s.
If selected for audit the practitioner must take the required action relevant to the audited standard.
The audit notice includes a checklist for the required actions for the practitioner.
The practitioner must complete the required actions by the due date.
As a guide, this table provides an example of the usual required actions for each registration standard.
** Note: Standards are updated from time to time. The audit will be conducted against the version of the standard that was effective during the specified audit period. The audit notice will specify the version of the standard that is applicable.
Criminal history registration standard, effective from 1 July 2015
On behalf of the Board, AHPRA assesses the practitioner’s submission for evidence of compliance. Further information might be requested during this assessment.
If the audit finds that the practitioner has demonstrated full compliance with the audited standard/s, the practitioner will be advised of the findings. No further action is required.
The vast majority of practitioners have been found to comply with the registration standards.
When an audit finds that the practitioner has not demonstrated full compliance with the audited standards, all Boards follow an approach consistent with the regulatory principles, which adopts an educational approach seeking to balance the protection of the public with the use of appropriate regulatory force.
The Board’s action is determined on a case by case basis having taken into account all available information and the specific circumstances of the practitioner.
Practitioners who are found to have ‘not quite’ met the registration standard but are able to provide evidence of achieving full compliance during the next audit period, are managed through education to achieve full compliance and the submission of evidence within a specified timeframe that in most cases with coincide with the next renewal period.
Practitioners who are found to have not met the registration standard are usually subject to the Board taking relevant action in accordance with the National Law. Examples of relevant action, pursuant to section 178 of the National Law include:
All matters that involve issuing a caution or placing conditions on a registration are subject to a ‘show cause’ process. This show cause process alerts the practitioner to the boards proposed action and gives the practitioner an opportunity to respond before a final decision is made.
Below are resources to help you fulfill the requirements of the audit.
*Exemption from Web Content Accessibility Guidelines
The above documents have been made available on this website in compliance with the National Law and also in the interest of transparency. Wherever possible, the Psychology Board of Australia provides web content in accessible formats. However in cases where the documents have been provided by other parties, accessible format files may not be available or be approved for use.
If you have difficulty accessing one of these documents, please contact AHPRA at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will attempt to provide you with an accessible version.