Increasing access to health and aged care: a strategic plan for the nurse practitioner workforce (the Plan)

Closes 10 Feb 2023

Opened 19 Dec 2022


The Department of Health and Aged Care is developing a strategic plan for the nurse practitioner workforce. The purpose of the Plan is to describe a set of actions that can be taken to address nurse practitioner workforce issues and enhance the delivery of nursing care to the Australian community.

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 and are endorsed by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia as a nurse practitioner.

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Why your views matter


The Consultation Draft of the Plan (Consultation Draft) has been released for the purpose of seeking feedback from people and organisations with an interest in the Australian nurse practitioner workforce.

The Consultation Draft has been developed with input from extensive consultation with consumers, nurse practitioners, health professionals, health organisations, employers, relevant jurisdictional and federal agencies, and other interested parties. The prospective actions presented in this Consultation Draft reflect issues, ideas and feedback raised during consultation. The development has been overseen by the Nurse Practitioner Steering Committee.

Please note the Consultation Draft does not constitute the final position of the Australian Government. The plan will be further considered in light of feedback provided in the consultation.

How to have your say

Open consultation is an opportunity to have your say to help shape the Plan.

The diverse perspectives, experiences and knowledge of all stakeholders and interested members of the community are valued, respected and will contribute to the final Plan.

Consultation closes at 11.59pm on Friday 10 February 2023.

Before completing the survey, you are encouraged to read the Consultation Draft.

The Consultation Draft sets out the key elements of the proposed Plan including the aim, outcomes, actions, evidence for actions and background on nurse practitioners.

The survey takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. You may also wish to download the word version of the survey to review prior to submitting your response online.

If you have any questions about how to complete the survey, please email

If you wish to provide a written response, please upload a Word or PDF document in question 15 – “Additional feedback/comments.”  Please ensure the file does not exceed 25MB. If you have any issues uploading your document, please email to by 23:59 AEDST, Friday 10 February 2023.

Alternatively you can send to:

Department of Health and Aged Care
Attention: Director Nursing Taskforce
MDP 411
GPO Box 9848
Canberra ACT 2601

Thank you for your interest. We look forward to hearing your views.

How to have your say


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