National Competency Standards for Dietitians
The National Competency Standards (NCS) for Entry-Level Dietitians in Australia was originally published in 1993 and has been reviewed in 1998, 2005 and 2009. The most recent national review of the NCS took place in 2014 and a consultative process was carried out in 2015 to plan for the transition of the revised standards into practice.
The revised NCS is contemporary and articulates current and future practice of dietitians. The structure is different from the 2009 version and provides a more accurate reflection of the major work roles, rather than the contexts or settings, in which dietitians work. The revised NCS better aligns to other health professional competency standards. There is an emphasis on the professional attributes required for dietitians to work across multiple contexts in the increasingly complex health system.
- National Competency Standards 2015 – three page printable resource of the new competency standards with a brief summary of their development and use.
- National Competency Standards with Guide – contains the first three pages as above, plus definition of the key terms used in the performance criteria, examples of strategies that could be used to support the development of competence, and a number of frequently asked questions around competency and competence accompanied by a range of references used throughout the guide.
- Methodology: Revision of the National Competency Standards
The next revision of the NCS will be completed by 2021.