AHPRA in Numbers


  • 678,938 health practitioners in 14 professions registered in Australia in 2016/17
  • There were over 21,000 more registrants in 2016/17 that last year (up from 657,621)
  • 68,989 applications for registration received across all professions
  • 157,213 students studying to be health practitioners through an approved program of study or clinical training program
  • 70,544 domestic and international criminal history checks made
  • 2,704 (3.8%) of these found disclosable court outcomes. In the majority of cases, the applicant was granted registration because the nature of an individual’s disclosable court outcome had little relevance to their ability to practise safely and competently.
  • 97% of registrants completed an online workforce survey at renewal
  • 98.5% of registrants renewed and completed their registration online

Statutory offences

  • 1,895 advertising-related complaints received; 1,416 closed following investigation
  • 14 new offence complaints relating to practice; 18 were closed following investigation
  • 368 offence complaints received relating to title protection; 422 closed following investigation
  • 15 cases of falsely claiming to be a registered health practitioner successfully prosecuted before the courts

Monitoring and compliance

  • 3,011 practitioners were monitored for health, performance and/or conduct
  • 71 conditions or undertakings are currently listed in our National restrictions library, which are used to restrict registration to protect the public


  • 6,898 notifications were lodged with AHPRA about health practitioners in 2016/17
  • 11,009 notifications were lodged overall (including complaints managed by the Health Professional Councils Authority in NSW and the Office of the Health Ombudsman in Queensland)
  • 1.6% of all registered health practitioners were the subject of a notification
  • 13.9% increase in notifications received by AHPRA
  • 80.8% of finalised ‘immediate actions’ – for the most serious risks to public safety – led to restrictions on registration (such as suspension, conditions, undertakings or surrender of registration)
  • 32.1% increase in mandatory notifications
  • 27.6% more notifications were closed by AHPRA in 2016/17 than in the previous year (6,669 closures).

AHPRA: Supporting the National Boards

  • 82% of health practitioners responded with ‘satisfied to very satisfied’ when asked to rate their interaction with our customer service teams
  • Our customer service teams resolved 92.6% of telephone calls at first contact
  • AHPRA received up to 1,543 phone calls and 211 web enquiries each working day, and close to 5,000 calls daily in peak times
  • Our 15 websites received more than 12 million visits in 2016/17 and more than 60 million page views
  • 183 freedom of information applications were finalized
  • This year, there were a total of 599 appointments made:
    • 5 Ministerial appointments of National Board members
    • 87 National Board appointments of National Committees
    • 17 Ministerial appointments of state, territory or region Board members
    • 490 National Board appointments of state, territory or region Committee membership

For more information about how we have performed, and to download our latest annual report, see the 2016/17 the annual report.

Page reviewed 6/03/2018