The external Accreditation Authorities, National Boards and Ahpra developed the Quality Framework for Accreditation Function (the Quality Framework), to support quality assurance and continuous quality improvement of accreditation under the National Law. There are three principles that underpin the Quality Framework including; the COAG principles for best practice regulation, the objectives and guiding principles of the National Scheme set out in the National Law, and the independence of accreditation decision-making within the parameters established by the National Law..
The Quality Framework was initially published in 2013 and is intended to be regularly reviewed and updated, generally about every three years. The most recent version of the Quality Framework was published in 2018.
When the Accreditation Authorities are performing accreditation functions, they do so within the Quality Framework and its 8 broad domains, as set out in the diagram below.