Department of Health

Nurse practitioners have completed extra university study to be able to perform extra duties, like:

  • order tests
  • prescribe treatments and medications
  • diagnose patients within their scope of practice.

If you are interested in becoming a nurse practitioner, the department is currently offering scholarships, see Support for new nurse practitioners.

Registration standard

The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia has published the approved Registration StandardExternal Link for Nurse Practitioner endorsement.

Collaboratives or community of practice

Collaborative networks can support individuals working towards a Nurse Practitioner qualification and health services to develop NP models of care.

Find out more about the Nurse Practitioner Collaboratives/Community of practice.

Nurse practitioner prescribing

In Victoria, there are legislative requirements for nurse practitioners. For further resources, see under 'More information'.

See also:

Medicare benefits scheme (MBS)

For information about how to register with Medicare to access the Medicare Benefits Scheme (MBS), see the MedicareExternal Link website.

Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS)

For information about the pharmaceuticals that nurse practitioners can prescribe through the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) rebate, see the PBS websiteExternal Link .

Reviewed 25 July 2023


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