ACNP regularly provides feedback, opinions and advice to State and Federal Governments and other health care bodies on the different aspects of the Nurse Practitioner role in the Health Care System, and any issues relating to access to health care, or quality of health care in Australia. 

In the 2018/2019 Financial Year, the ACNP responded to 39 submissions including 13 from the Medicare Benefits Schedule reference groups with a special focus on the Report from the Nurse Practitioner Reference Group.  Members can view submissions on the Members only Submissions page.  The ACNP would like to sincerely thank all the members who contributed to the submissions.  


Bill To Remove Collaborative Arrangements

Updated - 20/03/2024

Quotes attributable to Leanne Boase, Chief Executive Officer, Australian College of Nurse Practitioners:
“The requirement for a Collaborative Arrangement has frequently been misinterpreted, hindering access to Nurse Practitioner care. Nurses are fundamentally collaborative health professionals, underpinned by our educational and professional standards."

Please be advised there has been an update to the ‘Status’ section of the project webpage regarding the removal of the legislative requirement for collaborative arrangements between participating midwives, nurse practitioners and medical practitioners to provide Medicare Benefits Schedule services and prescribe Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) medications.

 Kind regards

 Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer Division

Past Submissions

Medicare Benefits Scheme review

MBS Review - read all about the MBS review and the Nurse Practitioner perspective.


Victorian NP prescribing Arrangements - DHHS Vic

Read the Consultation paper (Consultation_Paper_-_Nurse_Practitioner_Prescribing_-_September_2019_-_Final) 

Read the ACNP media release - ACNP Supports NP Vic Prescribing Rights V2

You can also add your views, insights and experiences by contributing to the consultation.  


Past Examples

The Board has worked very hard in responding to submissions and will continue to advocate for Nurse Practitioners in the future.  Some past examples are:

July 2020

Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety

March 2019

MBS Review - 13 submissions

View the ACNP MBS submission and additional information on the MBS Review page.

June 2018

Response to Stillbirth Research and Education to the Senate Select Committee 

June 2017

National Plan to end avoidable amputations within a generation: Draft Consultation

June 2016

Strategic Framework for Chronic Conditions

June 2015

PCEHR System and HI Service Electronic Health Records and Healthcare Identifiers Department of Health Legislation Discussion Paper

Please note that only current financial members are able to access the full list of submissions and their content.  You are welcome to become a member today by following the link Join Now.