In Australia, nurse education is controlled through a registration
body known as the regulatory authority. Prior to 2010 each state
and territory had an independent statutory regulatory authority
that was responsible for the registration of nurses and midwives
and these were governed by different Acts of Parliament. On
26 March 2008 the Council of Australian Governments (COAG)
signed the Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) for a National
Registration and Accreditation Scheme for the Health Professions.
Australia's new national registration and accreditation
scheme began on 1 July 2010.