National Framework for Maternity Services

The National Framework for Maternity Services 

The National Framework for Maternity Services (NFMS) provides guidance for planning and delivery of women-centred, safe high quality health care across the maternity continuum of care, with the aim to ensure equitable access to maternity care for all women that supports optimal outcomes for a woman and her baby.

The NFMS follows on from the National Maternity Services Plan (2010-2015) with the expectation that jurisdictions will align their jurisdictional plans with the vision, values and principles to improve health outcomes and the woman’s experience through her maternity continuum of care.

The NFMS sets out an overarching vision, values and underpinning principles to guide the further development of maternity services across Australia.


A consultation draft NFMS has been developed, following the completion of the first phase of consultation. This first phase of consultation gathered perspectives from a range of stakeholders, including health consumers as well as the medical, nursing and midwifery workforce through professional bodies including the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (RANZCOG), the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP), and the Australian College of Midwives (ACM).

The contribution and involvement of key stakeholders in the continued development of the NFMS is highly valued. This consultation draft NFMS:

provides a vision and principles for the delivery of maternity services in Australia

incorporates an antenatal health risk factors strategy

The consultation draft NFMS is now available for broad consultation. All stakeholders are invited to contribute through reviewing the draft NFMS and completing the consultation survey available . The survey will close on 18 April 2017. Alternatively, submissions can be made in writing to .


National Framework for Maternity Services - fact sheet 1 (November 2016)

National Framework for Maternity Services - fact sheet 2 (March 2017)

National Framework for Maternity Services Consultation Draft

Draft Phase 1 Consultation Report for the National Maternity Services Framework

National Framework for Maternity Services - Public consultation report – phase 2