Join the new Dietitian and Nutritionist Regulatory Council

The Dietitian and Nutritionist Regulatory Council (DNRC) is the new governance structure that will oversee the profession’s regulatory functions relating to accreditation, skills recognition, credentialing and complaints.

The DNRC is responsible for ensuring practitioner safety and efficacy as described in the DNRC Terms of Reference

Dietitians Australia is now seeking new Council members.

This is your chance to influence the governance of our profession's regulatory landscape. 

The role of the DNRC

To strengthen our regulatory foundations and support operations independent of the Dietitians Australia Board, the DNRC will improve the governance of the profession’s regulatory obligations by allowing key regulatory functions to remain linked and responsive to strategic needs at a high level.

The DNRC will support individual regulatory functions to operate more efficiently, collectively, collaboratively and transparently.

Impact on your APD credential

There are no changes to the requirements of the APD credential. APDs will need to continue to meet the requirements as described in the APD Handbook, and agree to adhere to the profession’s Code of Conduct at the time of membership renewals.

From 2022, the DNRC will be responsible for governing the APD Program. We’ll let you know if there are any changes to APD program requirements.

Inclusion of term 'nutritionists'

To ensure the DNRC is not limited in its scope, and to support the Council in developing a responsive program of work that meets the regulatory needs of the profession, the term nutritionist was intentionally included.

All dietitians are nutritionists, and this language is consistent with the profession’s Constitution and the new Code of Conduct for Dietitians and Nutritionists.


Following the recruitment process, the DNRC will be effective from January 2022. It will take on the overarching governance responsibilities of the existing regulatory councils.

Get involved

We’re looking for people with the following attributes to join the DNRC:

  • Displays integrity
  • Thinks critically
  • Applies expertise
  • Communicates constructively
  • Focuses strategically
  • Collaborates in the interests of the profession

If you can demonstrate these attributes, and would like to get involved, download and complete the DNRC application form and return to [email protected]

Applications close COB 20 December 2021

For details on the operational requirements of the DNRC, including meeting schedules, communications and correspondence, see the DNRC operations manual


Contact [email protected]