To protect the public from the risk of harm, registered health practitioners and their employers must make mandatory notifications in some limited circumstances. This is a legal requirement under the National Law. This document sets out:
• who must make a mandatory notification
• how to do it, and
• how notifiers are legally protected when doing so.
It explains the circumstances that do and do not trigger a mandatory notification and the different levels of risk to be considered by notifiers.
The guidelines recognise that deciding whether to make a mandatory notification can be a difficult decision and requires a balanced judgement which should holistically consider relevant risk factors. The guidelines provide information about who may assist in making this decision (see section 1.4 How do I make a notification?).