Regulatory Activities

Overview of the Council

The Podiatry Council of New South Wales was established on 1 July 2010. The Council is a statutory body whose role is to manage notifications (complaints) about conduct, performance and health matters concerning registered podiatrists practising in NSW and health and conduct matters related to registered students training in NSW.

The Council undertakes its regulatory functions in partnership with the Health Care Complaints Commission (HCCC), which is a separate statutory authority, established under the Health Care Complaints Act 1993.

The Podiatry Council is one of 14 health profession Councils in NSW. The Health Professional Councils Authority (HPCA) provides secretariat support to the NSW health professional Councils to assist them in carrying out their regulatory responsibilities.

At 30 June 2013, there were 1,001 registered podiatrists whose principal place of practice was in NSW. This represented 25.8% of the total number of podiatrists across Australia registered under the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme.

Aims and Objectives

The purpose of the Council is to act in the interests of the public by ensuring that registered podiatrists are fit to practise and students are fit to have contact with members of the public whilst they undertake approved programs of study. The Council manages a range of programs, services and procedures to achieve this goal. As a result, members of the public can be assured that registered practitioners are required to maintain proper and appropriate standards of conduct and professional performance.