Health Review

Review of Australia’s regulatory settings relating to health practitioner registration and skills and qualification recognition

On 30 September 2022, National Cabinet announced an independently-led, rapid review of Australia’s regulatory settings relating to health practitioner registration and skills and qualification recognition. The Regulatory Reform Division of the Department of Finance, together with the Department of Health and Aged Care, is providing secretariat support for the Review.

It is undertaking initial research and analysis of the processes for registering and recognising skills and qualifications for health practitioners in Australia and key other countries.

The Review will examine ways to address the shortage of key health workers, which has been heightened by the COVID-19 pandemic, and which is expected to continue as Australia’s population ages. It will consider whether regulatory settings for international health practitioners seeking registration in Australia:

  • are fit-for-purpose
  • are comparable with similar countries
  • do not imposing unnecessary barriers or compliance costs on migrants and employers

The Review is expected to recommend reforms to streamline regulatory settings to make it simpler, quicker and cheaper for international health practitioners to work in Australia. These reforms will aim to drive productivity dividends for migrants, health sector employers and communities, while maintaining quality and safety standards.

Next Steps

The Review will consult with key stakeholders over the coming months to understand the issues with the current regulatory settings and possible areas for reform. The Review will report back to National Cabinet in early 2023.

How to get involved

Further information on the Review will be published once available.

The National Cabinet media release from 30 September 2022 can be found on the Prime Minister's website.