Make a complaint to the Commissioner
There are three simple steps to make a complaint about how Ahpra or a National Board used or shared personal information
Make a complaint to the Commissioner
Step oneMake sure you’re in the right place
Find out whether we’re the best organisation to contact about your concern.
Make sure you’re in the right place
The Commissioner and our office can consider and investigate concerns about how the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Ahpra) or a National Board have used personal information or breached a person's privacy.
Our office can also consider complaints to the Ombudsman about how a matter was handled by Ahpra or a National Board. Sometimes these complaints raise concerns that relate to a person's privacy.
If you are unsure whether you should make a complaint to the Ombudsman or the Commissioner, please contact us and we can discuss these different complaint types with you.
Learn more about other health complaints
Make a formal complaint to Ahpra if you can
This step gives Ahpra an opportunity to address your concerns before we become involved.
If Ahpra does not provide a timely response or if you believe the response is not satisfactory, please contact us.
Make a complaint to us
Our professional and empathetic staff are ready to listen to your concerns. Contact us by phone, email or post.
You may like to consider the following questions when preparing to lodge your complaint:
- Why am I making a complaint?
- What do I want as a result of making this complaint?
- What information can I provide to support my complaint?
Don’t forget to include your completed complaints form if you can. This will help to process your complaint more quickly.
Call us on 1300 795 265.
Fill out our online complaint form.
Please make sure to:
- read and complete all questions you can
- have all the information you would like to attach to your complaint ready because you cannot save and return to the form
- email us with any new information you would like to add or if a file is too big to attach.
Email us at:
Download a complaint form and send it to:
National Health Practitioner Ombudsman
GPO Box 2630
Melbourne VIC 3001
Need help to make a complaint?
Please feel free to contact us using:
the Translating and Interpreter Service (TIS) on 131 450
the National Relay Service. For TTY users phone 133 677 then ask for 1300 362 072. For Speak and Listen users phone 1300 555 727 then ask for 1300 362 072. For Internet Relay users connect to the National Relay Service then ask for 1300 362 072.
If you need other support to make a complaint, please let us know and we will do our best to help.
Making a confidential or anonymous complaint
Our office accepts complaints from people who would not like to share some of their personal information (such as their name) with our office, or with other relevant entities (such as Ahpra or a National Board).
When deciding whether to lodge a confidential or anonymous complaint, it is important to know that it can be difficult (and sometimes impossible) for our office to deal with complaints that are anonymous or confidential. This is because we may not be able to gather relevant information about the specific concerns.
Commissioner complaintsCommissioner complaints
The Commissioner can assist with complaints about how Ahpra and the National Boards have collected, used or disclosed personal information.
Use of personal informationUse of personal information
We strive to improve how your personal information is protected by Ahpra, its management committee and the National Boards
Ombudsman complaintsOmbudsman complaints
The Ombudsman can assist with complaints about how Ahpra and the National Boards have handled notification or registration matters, personal information and FOI requests.