The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) have developed a national approach to auditing nurses and midwives in regards to their compliance to registration standards.
AHPRA conducts audits on a regular basis throughout the year, not just around the time of registration. You should expect to be audited at least once during your career.
You can be audited at any time with respect to any registration period over the preceding five years.
If you are being audited, AHPRA will advise you that you are being audited for compliance with one or more of the registration standards. You will also receive a checklist of the supporting documents that you need to provide. All this must be provided as evidence of compliance within 28 days.
AHPRA will commonly audit four registration standards: criminal history, Continuing Professional Development (CPD), Professional Indemnity Insurance (PII), and Recency of Practice (ROP). You should keep evidence of your compliance to these standards in an organised and easy-to-access manner.
Being audited by AHPRA can be a stressful experience, but it doesn’t have to be if you have kept up to date with your records.