Educating the Nurse of the Future - Independent Review of Nursing Education

Closed 30 Jun 2019

Opened 21 Feb 2019

Feedback Updated 18 Jul 2019

We Asked

For written feedback, based on the Terms of Reference, for the independent review of nursing education - Educating the Nurse of the Future - by 30 June 2019.

You Said

We received 83 written submissions and these have now been published (scroll down to view).

We Did

All written correspondence received has been passed onto the independent reviewer undertaking the Review, Emeritus Professor Steven Schwartz. Professor Schwartz is currently writing his final report which is due to be submitted to Government at the end of August 2019.


An independent review of nursing preparation in Australia – Educating the Nurse of the Future was announced as a measure within the 2018/19 Federal Budget.

Led by Emeritus Professor Steven Schwartz AM, the Review will be future focussed and will consider how the education and preparation of nurses in Australia will ensure the nursing workforce is well placed to meet the future needs of Australian communities and our health system.

The Review will give consideration to the attraction into nursing as a career, international competitiveness of Australian based education programs and articulation and career paths of the preparation programs for enrolled and registered nurses and nurse practitioners.

Consultation to inform the Review will occur in a number of ways. There will be face to face consultations across Australia in metropolitan, regional and rural areas and webinars.

Public consultation workshops will be held from April until end June. Details of how to register for workshops can be found below.

The Terms of Reference for the Review are to examine:

  • the effectiveness of current educational preparation of and articulation between  enrolled and registered nurses and nurse practitioners in meeting the needs of health service delivery 
  • factors that affect the choice of nursing as an occupation, including for men 
  • the role and appropriateness of transition to practice programs however named and
  • the competiveness and attractiveness of  Australian nursing qualifications across international contexts.

The Review will also have regard to regional needs and circumstances and national and international trends, research, policies, inquiries and previous reviews related to nursing education.

A copy of the full Terms of Reference can be found below.

Submissions based on the Terms of Reference can be made by emailing them to prior to the closing date. Your submission will be uploaded onto the Consultation Hub website. If you wish for your submission to remain anonymous, please include this decision in your submission.


Online Submissions Received

Please find below written submissions recieved for the independent review - Educating the Nurse of the Future.


  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People
  • Seniors
  • Men
  • Women
  • Carers and guardians
  • Families
  • Parents
  • Young people
  • Aged care professionals
  • Aged care workforce
  • Academics
  • Non-government organisations
  • State government agencies
  • Health professionals
  • Health workforce
  • Aged care service providers


  • Hospitals
  • Rural health services
  • Home Care
  • Aged care services
  • Residential Aged Care