Nurse Practitioner 10 Year Plan Survey

Closes 20 Dec 2021

Opened 19 Nov 2021


The Department of Health is developing a 10 year plan for nurse practitioners. The purpose of the Nurse Practitioner 10 Year Plan is to describe a set of actions that can be taken to address nurse practitioner workforce issues of national significance and enhance the delivery of nursing care to the Australian community. The Plan will include 1 to 3 year, 5 year and 10 year goals. Development of the Nurse Practitioner 10 Year Plan will occur concurrently with development of the National Nursing Strategy, due to the role nurse practitioners play in broader nursing career pathways and health care outcomes for patients.


The consultation paper and one page summary attached below have been developed with background information about nurse practitioners in Australia and to highlight some of the issues that have been raised by stakeholders to date.

A nurse practitioner is a registered nurse with the experience, expertise and authority to diagnose and treat people of all ages with a variety of acute or chronic health conditions. Nurse practitioners have completed additional university study at Master’s degree level. For more information visit

Why your views matter

The Government wants to hear from people and organisations with an interest in nurse practitioners and the role they play in our health and aged care systems. We are seeking views on the issues which may have an impact on the delivery of care by nurse practitioners and want to hear suggestions on innovations to enhance the delivery of care.  The diverse perspectives, experience and knowledge of all stakeholders and interested members of the community are valued.

We have developed two surveys:

  • A long-form survey. This is a detailed survey, which takes approximately 20-30 minutes to complete. It is most relevant for those who have specific ideas and strategies for inclusion in the Nurse Practitioner 10 Year Plan.
  • A shorter survey for those who may or may not have experience in receiving care from a nurse practitioner and have ideas to share. This survey takes approximately 10 minutes to complete.

You will be prompted to choose your preferred survey at the next stage. If you have any questions about how to complete the survey, please email

If you wish to provide a written response, please email to by 23:59 AEDT 20 December 2021. Alternatively you can send to:

Department of Health
Attention: Director Nursing Taskforce
MDP 610
GPO Box 9848
Canberra ACT 2601

We ask that you indicate whether you consent to your name and submission being published on the Department’s Consultation Hub We Asked, You Said, We Did.

Thank you for your interest and we look forward to hearing your views.

Privacy and your personal information

Please see the links below for further detail on the consultation hub privacy information and Departmental privacy information.

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