National Code of Conduct for health care workers

The National Code of Conduct

The purpose of the National Code of Conduct, also referred to as the National Code or code-regulation regime, is to protect the public by setting minimum standards of conduct and practice for all unregistered health care workers who provide a health service. It will set national standards against which disciplinary action can be taken and if necessary a prohibition order issued, in circumstances where a health care worker’s continued practice presents a serious risk to public health and safety.

The vast majority of health care workers practice in a safe, competent and ethical manner. However there is a small proportion who present a serious risk to the public because they are incompetent or impaired, or engage in exploitative, predatory or illegal conduct such that if they were a registered health practitioner, their registration would be cancelled and their right to practice withdrawn.

Contact Information

It will be up to each state and territory to examine how the National Code of Conduct for health care workers is implemented and progressed. For further information, please email your jurisdiction:


South Australia:

Western Australia:

Northern Territory:


New South Wales:

Australian Capital Territory: