Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practice Board of Australia
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practice Board of Australia
 

Accreditation FAQ

This page provides answers to frequently asked questions about accreditation.

Accreditation is the process of assessing educational programs of study and the education providers that provide those programs to ensure that the provider and program produce graduates who have the knowledge, skills and professional attributes to competently practise in the profession.

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practice Accreditation Committee (Accreditation Committee) is the accreditation authority for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practice under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law as in force in each state and territory (the National Law). See accreditation authorities under the National Law for further information.

The Accreditation Committee was established by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practice Board of Australia (the Board) under the National Law.

The Accreditation Committee:

  • develops accreditation standards for approval by the Board
  • assesses programs of study and education providers against the accreditation standards approved by the Board
  • makes decisions about accreditation of programs of study, and
  • monitors approved programs of study and education providers to ensure the Accreditation Committee continues to be satisfied those programs and providers meet the accreditation standards. 

Accreditation standards are used to assess whether a program of study, and the education provider that provides the program of study, provides graduates of the program with the knowledge, skills and professional attributes to practise the profession. See accreditation standards for more information.

The accreditation standards used to assess Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practice programs of study and education providers can be viewed on the Board’s accreditation webpage.

An approved program of study qualifies a graduate to apply for registration as a health practitioner. Programs of study are approved by the Board.

The Board publishes the list of approved programs of study on its website.

The Accreditation Committee assesses education providers and programs against the accreditation standards and decides whether or not to accredit the provider and program. The Board considers the Accreditation Committee’s decision and their report and decides whether or not to approve an accredited program as a qualification for registration as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander health practitioner.

The Accreditation Committee has published a list of accredited programs.

The Accreditation Committee started to accredit Registered Training Organisations (RTO) and programs under the National Law in 2014 and continues this work in 2016. Please note that accredited programs need to be approved by the Board before graduates can be registered.

The Accreditation Committee has assessed the following RTO’s delivery of the HLT40213 Certificate IV in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care Practice qualification and accredited their HLT40213 programs:

  • Aboriginal Health College at its Little Bay, New South Wales campus
  • Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia at its Adelaide, South Australia campus
  • Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia at its Highgate, Western Australia campus
  • Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education at its Batchelor, Northern Territory campus
  • Health Industry Training at its Hervey Bay, Queensland campus
  • Marr Mooditj Training Inc at its Waterford, Western Australia campus
  • TAFE NSW North Coast Institute at its Port Macquarie, New South Wales campus
  • TAFE NSW Riverina Institute at its Albury, Griffith and Wagga Wagga, New South Wales campuses
  • TAFE NSW Western Institute at its Broken Hill, Dubbo and Orange, New South Wales campuses
  • TAFE NSW Western Sydney Institute at its Kingswood, New South Wales campus
  • TAFE Queensland North at its Manunda, Mt Isa, Thursday Island and Townsville, Queensland campuses
  • Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation Inc at its Collingwood, Victoria campus

The Accreditation Committee is currently assessing the following RTOs and their delivery of the HLT40213 Certificate IV in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care Practice qualification:

  • Wirraka Maya Health Service Aboriginal Corporation
  • Bega Garnbirringu Aboriginal Corporation
  • Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services Council

A list of ATSIHPBA approved programs is published on the Approved Programs of Study on the AHPRA website.

 

For education providers

An education provider must apply to the Accreditation Committee for assessment. The Accreditation Committee appoints a team of trained assessors to assess the education provider and program against the accreditation standards. This includes evaluating the application and visiting sites where the education provider delivers the program, including some clinical sites. The assessment team reports its assessment findings to the Accreditation Committee.

The Accreditation Committee considers the assessment team report and decides whether (or not) to accredit the program (with or without conditions).

If the Accreditation Committee decides to accredit a program of study (with or without conditions), it gives the Board a report about its accreditation decision. The Board then decides whether it will approve, or refuse to approve, the accredited program of study as leading to a qualification for registration.

The Board publishes a list of approved programs of study.

When a program of study is accredited with conditions, it means the Accreditation Committee has decided that, on the basis of the assessment team’s findings:

  • the program and education provider have substantially (but not fully) met the accreditation standards, and 
  • imposing conditions will ensure all accreditation standards are met within a reasonable time.

The Accreditation Committee will advise the education provider about what types of reports are required to demonstrate compliance with the conditions and when any reports are due.

An education provider that has changed, or plans to change, a program that is on the Board’s list of approved programs must notify the Accreditation Committee about the change. Contact the Accreditation Unit for more information.

An education provider must complete the application for accreditation assessment and submit the form plus all required documents to the Accreditation Unit. For further information, see the Accreditation Committee’s application information page.

Education providers pay two types of accreditation fees – accreditation assessment fees and annual accreditation fees. The Accreditation Committee sets these fees on a cost recovery basis and submits them to the National Board for approval.

For more information, see the Committee’s Application information page.

Education providers should notify the Committee as soon as possible after the Certificate IV Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care Practice qualification is approved by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA), the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA) or the Training Accreditation Council (TAC) as in scope for the education provider.

The Committee will negotiate arrangements and timeframes for assessment of the program with the education provider.

The Accreditation Committee does not accredit programs for a set period. Instead, a program only continues to be accredited if the Accreditation Committee continues to be satisfied that the program and provider continue to meet the accreditation standards.

This will depend on the team’s assessment of the education provider’s application and supporting evidence. The Assessment Team will assess the written application and advise the Accreditation Unit of any information it requires the provider to submit before, or at, the site visit. The Accreditation Unit will then advise the provider of details and negotiate a detailed schedule for the site visit, including people to meet and locations to visit.

 

For students and the profession

One of the pathways to qualify for registration is to hold a qualification from an approved program of study.

See programs of study approved by the Board. The Accreditation Committee operates separately from the Board and does not deal with registration issues.

No. There is a separate process with specific registration standards that must be met when you apply for registration as a health practitioner.

For more information about the graduate registration process, visit the Graduate Applications page on the AHPRA website.

It could mean that your program is not currently approved by the Board. The Accreditation Committee operates separately from the Board and recommends that you direct your enquiry to the Board.

Some providers of programs which were not approved at the time that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practice transitioned into the National Scheme have advised the Accreditation Committee they will be applying for accreditation and Board approval under the National Law.

The Accreditation Committee establishes teams to assess education providers and programs of study against accreditation standards. Visit the Assessors page for information about assessment teams and the Accreditation Committee’s call for applications.

 
 
 
 
Page reviewed 18/06/2013