In 2008 the Council of Australian Governments decided to establish a single National Registration and Accreditation Scheme for 10 health professions. There is a National Board for each profession. AHPRA is the single agency that supports the Boards and the National Scheme. AHPRA has offices in each state and territory, with the head office in Melbourne.
A further four health professions joined the scheme from 1 July 2012, including occupational therapists. The National Scheme has been established under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act (the National Law), as in force in each state and territory. The Board’s main purpose is to protect the public by registering suitability qualified, safe and competent practitioners. The Board is led by the profession and is separate to, and independent of, professional associations and unions.
Further information on the National Law is available on the AHPRA website.