Paramedicine Board of Australia - Supervised practice framework

Supervised practice framework

National Boards and Ahpra have developed the Supervised practice framework (the framework) to create a responsive and risk-based approach to supervised practice across the National Scheme.

Supervised practice reassures the community, National Boards and Ahpra that a registered health practitioner whose practice is being supervised (the supervisee) is safe and competent to practise and is not putting the public at risk.

The framework has been developed to:

  • give guidance when supervised practice is required to meet registration requirements, conditions or undertakings
  • set out core components that support high-quality, safe and effective supervised practice
  • support consistent processes and decision making within Ahpra
  • help supervisees and supervisors better understand what is expected of them
  • be clearer, relevant and user-friendly.

The framework outlines the principles which underpin supervised practice, the levels of supervised practice and the National Boards’ expectations of supervisees, supervisors and employers. It also explains Ahpra and the Boards’ compliance processes and gives guidance on how to effectively comply with supervised practice requirements.

Read the framework.

Supervision guidelines

Some registration standards used by National Boards refer to supervision guidelines. New Supervision guidelines (the guidelines) have been developed to:

  • replace any previously approved supervision guidelines or framework from National Boards, and
  • adopt the framework.

Changes to relevant registration standards to explicitly refer to the framework rather than supervision guidelines will be made at a later date.

Read the guidelines.

What you need to do

The framework and the guidelines came into effect on 1 February 2022. Transition arrangements are in place for supervisees and supervisors already carrying out supervised practice or who have sent documents to Ahpra or the National Board before 1 February 2022.

Resources to help you

This following information has been developed to help you understand and apply the framework.

Document  PDF  Accessible format  Date of effect 
Supervised practice plan template  PDF
  1 February 2022 
Attachment for Supervised practice plan – Professional capabilities for registered Paramedics template  
Word version
(114 KB,DOCX)
1 February 2022 
Supervised practice report template  PDF 
  1 February 2022 
Supervision report template - to be used only for supervision arrangements in place before 1 February 2022 that have not transitioned to the framework – see Fact sheet: Supervised practice framework - transition arrangements 
Word version
20 September 2018 

Change in circumstances

Proposed changes to an approved supervised practice arrangement should be submitted to the Board for approval in writing and may require completion of a new Supervised practice plan.

If you are completing supervised practice following a complaint (notification) and are seeking a change to the approved supervised practice arrangement you may be required to make an application for a review of the conditions or undertakings. More information is available on the Ahpra website.

Supervised practice with authorised bodies

In addition to supervised practice carried out under the Supervised practice framework, the Board has established an alternative process for paramedics who have been required by the Board to do supervised practice to regain their recency of practice and an authorised body has agreed to manage that supervised practice.

Document name PDF  Accessible format Document date
Supervised practice report template PDF 
(1.06 MB)
1 February 2022 
Fact sheet - Supervised practice with an authorised body PDF
(157 KB)
Word version
(60.4 KB,DOCX)
4 December 2020
Template - Supervised practice plan for authorised bodies PDF
(165 KB)
Word version
(57.8 KB,DOCX)
4 December 2020

Retired supervision documents

Document name PDF Accessible format Document date
Supervised practice framework for paramedics (interim) PDF 
(114 KB)
Word version 
(644 KB,DOCX)
20 September 2018 to 31 January 2022
Important information for supervisors  PDF
  20 September 2018 to 31 January 2022
Important information for supervisees PDF
  20 September 2018  to 31 January 2022
Supervised practice levels for paramedicine  PDF 
  20 September 2018 to 31 January 2022
Supervised practice for grandparenting PDF 
(82.2 KB)
Word version
(624 KB,DOCX) 
20 September 2018

Supervised practice plan for grandparenting

(80.0 KB)
Word version
(978 KB,DOCX) 
20 September 2018
Page reviewed 1/02/2022