How the SAHPT came about

In 2006 the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) agreed to a national reform of registration and accreditation of health professionals with the objective of reducing complexity of regulation in the fields of health practice listed below and in March 2008 signed and intergovernmental agreement (IGA) to establish a national scheme.


Nursing and midwifery









and from 1/7/2012:

Medical radiation

Occupational therapy

Chinese Medicine

Aboriginal and TS Clinical practitioners.

The Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (South Australia) Act, 2010 commenced on 1 July 2010. It annexes a national law, namely the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act, 2009. The Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act was in fact made by the Queensland Parliament and each participating State’s adoption of it forms the national system of regulation.

The IGA provided that the hearing of serious disciplinary matters, that is those that may result in suspension or cancellation of registration, will be undertaken by an entity external to the regulation agency (namely the Australian Health Practitioners Registration Agency - AHPRA) and that it would be the responsibility of each State or Territory to determine which entity would be responsible for hearing those matters. To promote national consistency the legislation to establish the national scheme specifies common processes, findings and determinations that can be made by the tribunals.

The Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (South Australia) Act, 2010 established the South Australian Health Practitioners Tribunal as an independent tribunal within the national scheme and the Senior Judge of the SA Industrial Relations Court agreed the HPT operate alongside the Industrial Court.

Contact Us

  • Street Address:
    Level 6, Riverside Centre North Terrace, Adelaide SA, 5000
  • Postal Address:
    PO Box 3636 , Rundle Mall SA, 5000
  • T: 8207 0999
  • F: 8115 1380
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