Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between ANMAC and the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) – an alliance to support nursing education programs in the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector

Domain 8. Stakeholder collaboration

Organisation

Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC)

Relevance

Domain 8: Stakeholder collaboration

Issue addressed

ASQA is the national regulator for Australia’s VET sector and is responsible for regulating Diploma of Nursing courses and training providers to ensure nationally approved quality standards are met. In parallel, ANMAC is responsible for developing the content of education accreditation standards and determining whether programs of study for nurses and midwives seeking to practice in Australia meet the required education standards.

The purpose of establishing the MOU was to provide a framework to foster mutually beneficial communication and co-operation between the two organisations given the synergies in roles and responsibilities, with the overall objective of improving the quality of outcomes in the VET sector.

Practice introduced or changed

The MOU was agreed on 15 December 2015 and brings the following benefits:

  • Enables greater collaboration with the timely sharing of information, as agreed and provided for within the relevant regulatory and legislative frameworks, i.e. for ASQA – National Vocational Education and Training Regulation Act 2011 and Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 and for ANMAC – Health Practitioner Regulation Law Act 2009, as in force in each Australian State and Enhances each organisations risk management strategies and abilities to monitor complaints related to, and the activities of, education providers within the VET sector.
  • Facilitates the ability for each organisation to seek assistance in exercising its accreditation/regulatory
  • Improves early identification and resolution of potential issues and risks within the VET sector.
  • Encourage the sharing of information on changes which may impact the profession of nursing and relevant qualifications leading to registration in Australia, such as transition to the new HLT54115 Diploma of Nursing program in
  • Encourages greater consideration of each organisations roles and functions when responding to media enquiries and statements on matters related to the VET
  • Promotes the opportunity to provide informed expert industry advice on a range of issues (through experienced and qualified nursing and midwifery employees of ANMAC) to improve outcomes within the VET sector, e.g. via phone, email, formal correspondence or in some cases ANMAC may attend site audits for the provision of profession specific
  • Reduces the cost and burden on each organisations resources, though the sharing of important industry specific

Impact

The MOU has facilitated the achievement of greater collaboration in identifying, targeting and communicating potential issues and risks that may impact the quality of outcomes of nursing education programs conducted in the VET sector, through a significant increase in the sharing of information between the two organisations.

Where to go for more information

For more information, please contact Executive Director Accreditation Services at ANMAC anmac.org.au