Medical Board of Australia - 2022


Public consultation on the English language skills registration standards

Released: 13 July 2022

Closed: 7 September 2022

Ahpra and the National Boards (except the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practice Board of Australia)  carried out a public consultation on revised English language skills registration standards in July 2022.

National Boards invited practitioners, community members, employers, education providers and other stakeholders to give feedback on the standards.

National Boards  published a consultation paper that included an overview of the review, proposed changes to the standards, frequently asked questions (FAQs), a literature review and questions to help frame  feedback. 


To practise safely in Australia, registered health practitioners must have effective English language skills. This includes being able to communicate effectively with patients/clients/consumers and their relatives and carers, collaborate with other health care professionals and keep clear and accurate health records. The National Boards set requirements for English language skills to make sure all registered health practitioners can provide safe care and communicate effectively in English.

The English Language Skills Registration Standard (the ELS standard) is one of the five core registration standards required by all National Boards. It helps to ensure that everyone who registers as a health practitioner in Australia has these skills, regardless of their language background.

Ahpra and the National Boards (except the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practice Board of Australia) have reviewed their respective ELS standards to ensure that they stay current and keep pace with our changing and dynamic environment.  

The review process has included considering available evidence of best practice, international benchmarking and consulting with various stakeholders whose feedback has been taken into account. For more details about the background and review process, please see the consultation paper
Submissions will be published soon.


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