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Supervised practice framework

National Boards and Ahpra have developed the Supervised practice framework (the framework) to create a responsive and risk-based approach to supervised practice across the National Scheme.

Supervised practice reassures the community, National Boards and Ahpra that a registered health practitioner whose practice is being supervised (the supervisee) is safe and competent to practise and is not putting the public at risk.

The framework has been developed to:

  • give guidance when supervised practice is required to meet registration requirements, conditions or undertakings
  • set out core components that support high-quality, safe and effective supervised practice
  • support consistent processes and decision making within Ahpra
  • help supervisees and supervisors better understand what is expected of them
  • be clear, relevant and user-friendly.

The framework outlines the principles which underpin supervised practice, the levels of supervised practice and the National Boards’ expectations of supervisees, supervisors and employers. It also explains Ahpra and the Boards’ compliance processes and gives guidance on how to effectively comply with supervised practice requirements.

Read the framework.

Supervision guidelines

Some registration standards used by National Boards refer to supervision guidelines. New Supervision guidelines (the guidelines) have been developed to:

  • replace any previously approved supervision guidelines or framework from National Boards, and
  • adopt the framework.

Changes to relevant registration standards to explicitly refer to the framework rather than supervision guidelines will be made at a later date.

Read the guidelines.

What you need to do

The framework and the guidelines came into effect on 1 February 2022. Transition arrangements are in place for supervisees and supervisors already carrying out supervised practice or who have sent documents to Ahpra or the National Board before 1 February 2022.

Resources to help you

This following information has been developed to help you understand and apply the framework.

Document  PDF  Accessible forma  Date of effect 
Supervised practice plan template
* Please ensure you download this form to your computer first, then fill it using Adobe Acrobat / Reader.
  29 March 2023
Attachment for supervised practice plan - Professional capabilities for Chinese medicine practitioners template 
Word version
1 February 2022 
Supervised practice report template 
* Please ensure you download this form to your computer first, then fill it using Adobe Acrobat / Reader.
PDF (1.06MB)   29 March 2023

Change in circumstances

Proposed changes to an approved supervised practice arrangement should be submitted to the Board for approval in writing. The forms you are required to complete will depend on the purpose of supervised practice and what the change of circumstance is, for example if it is a change in supervisor, practice or employment location.

If you have limited registration and are completing supervised practice and are seeking a change to the approved supervised practice arrangement you should complete a request for changes in circumstances form on the Board website.

If you are completing supervised practice following a complaint (notification) and are seeking a change to the approved supervised practice arrangement you may be required to make an application for a review of the conditions or undertakings. More information is available on the Ahpra website.

Other proposed changes may require completion of a new Supervised practice plan.

Page reviewed 17/04/2024