Nurse education, research and evidence-based practice
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.