National Nursing Workforce Strategy Stage One Consultation

Closed 20 Dec 2023

Opened 1 Nov 2023


Welcome to the Consultation Hub for the National Nursing Workforce Strategy. Thank you for taking the time to share your views – we appreciate your time.

A well-supported nursing workforce is critical to effectively addressing the health, aged and disability care needs of Australians. There has never been a national-level strategy developed to inform nursing policy and workforce planning. The National Nursing Workforce Strategy (Strategy) will seek to ensure the nursing profession is equipped, enabled and supported to deliver person-centred, evidence-based, compassionate care to all Australian communities.

The Strategy will cover registered nurses (RN), enrolled nurses (EN), nurse practitioners (NP), assistants in nursing (AIN – however named) and students of nursing. It will also consider these roles in the broader care team of the future. 

The Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care (Department), Victorian Department of Health and Safer Care Victoria are leading the development of the Strategy, in collaboration with all states and territories and nursing stakeholders.

Why your views matter

We appreciate your participation in this important consultation to understand the current challenges affecting the nursing workforce in Australia and to explore the opportunities for a way forward.

The consultation has been designed to gather comprehensive and diverse perspectives from a wide range of stakeholders, including administrators, nurses, nursing students, educators, and policymakers.

Your input will contribute to a deeper understanding of opportunities that a national approach to nursing workforce strategy should consider, to ensure a thriving nursing workforce that meets our nation's healthcare needs now and into the future.

Before you start your feedback, please take the time to read the National Nursing Workforce Strategy Consultation Paper – it provides relevant information about Australia’s nursing workforce and offers questions to help consider what the Strategy might address into the future.

There are four ways you can participate:


This consultation is being conducted by Whereto Research in accordance with the Australian Market and Social Research Code. Your personal information is protected by law, including the Privacy Act 1988 (Privacy Act) and the Australian Privacy Principles, and is being collected by the Department, via Whereto Research, for the purposes of conducting the National Nursing Workforce Strategy Consultation Program.

What happens next

Thank you for your participation. Your input to the development of the Strategy is greatly appreciated.  If you’d like to receive updates on the progress of the Strategy, please subscribe to our nursing and midwifery newsletter.


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