National Guidelines for Clinical Placement Agreements


National Guidelines for Clinical Placement Agreements were developed by Health Workforce Australia (HWA) to assist individuals and their organisations who are involved in clinical education and training to develop new, or to review existing, clinical placement agreements.

This group includes:

  • Education and training providers in the health sector.
  • Service providers who provide clinical placement opportunities.
  • Clinical supervisors.
  • Students.
  • Those involved in the administration and/or organisation of clinical placements.

The guidelines were developed as part of HWA’s Clinical Supervision Support Program (CSSP). They align with the National Clinical Supervision Support Framework and address the three focus areas of the CSSP:

  • Clarity.
  • Quality.
  • Culture.

Common areas that were considered in the development of or review of a clinical placement agreement are outlined in the guidelines. They also provide leadership by detailing minimum essential requirements that should be included in all clinical placement agreements.

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The National Guidelines for Clinical Placement Agreements is a listing of responsibilities of a clinical placement agreement and the two parties involved, the service provider and the education provider.  

The guidelines have been developed to help individuals and their organisations involved in clinical training to develop new, or to review existing clinical placement agreements. 

Click here to download the guidelines.


In developing the guidelines, HWA recognises and acknowledges the significant amount of work already undertaken in some jurisdictions, in many local areas and within some professions, to develop clinical placement agreements. This work was an invaluable source of information for developing the guidelines.

It is important to note that information contained in the guidelines is not intended to supersede any local arrangements or requirements specific to placement sites, education providers, health services, and/or professions. The guidelines are intended to be broad and flexible enough to accommodate variations in clinical supervision models and arrangements across local areas, placement sites, professions, education providers, and service providers. They aim is to support existing good practice and local and/or profession specific innovation, while fostering quality clinical placements.