Subdivision 5 Board’s powers to check identity and
134 Evidence of identity
(1) A National Board may, at any time, require a registered health
practitioner to provide evidence of the practitioner’s
(2) A requirement under subsection (1) must be made by written notice
given to the registered health practitioner.
(3) The registered health practitioner must not, without reasonable
excuse, fail to comply with the notice.
(4) A contravention of subsection (3) by a registered health
practitioner does not constitute an offence but may constitute behaviour for
which health, conduct or performance action may be
(5) If a registered health practitioner gives a National Board a
document as evidence of the practitioner’s identity under this section,
the Board may, by written notice, ask the entity that issued the
(a) to confirm the validity of the document; or
(b) to give the Board other information relevant to the
(6) An entity given a notice under subsection (5) is authorised to
provide the information requested.
135 Criminal history check
(1) A National Board may, at any time, obtain a written report about a
registered health practitioner’s criminal history from any of the
(b) a police commissioner;
(c) an entity in a jurisdiction outside Australia that has access to
records about the criminal history of persons in that
(2) Without limiting subsection (1), a report may be obtained under
(a) to check a statement made by a registered health practitioner in
the practitioner’s application for renewal of registration;
(b) as part of an audit carried out by a National Board, to check
statements made by registered health practitioners.
(3) A criminal history law does not apply to a report under subsection