27 Aug 2014
The National Boards have announced registration fees for their professions for 2014/15.
National Boards have announced practitioner registration fees for 2014/15, including six Boards that have reduced their fees, two which have frozen their fees and six which have limited their fee increases to the national consumer price index (CPI).
The Medical Radiation Practice, Nursing and Midwifery, Occupational Therapy, Osteopathy, Optometry and Physiotherapy Boards have reduced their fees.
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Practice and Pharmacy Boards have frozen their fees.
The Chinese Medicine, Chiropractic, Dental, Medical, Podiatry and Psychology Boards have limited their fee increases to the national CPI.
The National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (National Scheme) is funded by practitioners’ registration fees and there is no cross subsidisation between professions.
AHPRA CEO, Martin Fletcher, said the fees set by all the National Boards are in line with the guiding principles of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme, which include that it should operate in an efficient, effective and fair way, and that the fees should be reasonable.
’The National Scheme has been in place for four years now, and we have more information available about the actual cost of regulating each profession under the National Law,’ Mr Fletcher said.
‘However, we have continued to see an increase in notifications (complaints) over the past year. It is always difficult to predict the number, complexity and cost of these cases, so managing notifications is a major cost for National Boards. This means National Boards will continue to keep fee levels under close review to ensure careful financial management,’ he said
The Health Profession Agreements between AHPRA and each Board will be published later in the year. These agreements set out the partnership between the National Boards and AHPRA, and the services AHPRA will provide in supporting the Boards to regulate their professions. More detailed information about each Board’s financial operations is also published in the Annual Report which will be released in November 2014.
In most cases, the annual fees will apply from 9 September 2014. At this time, the fees schedule for each profession will be published on the respective National Board’s website, including the fee arrangements for practitioners whose principal place of practice is NSW. Variation to the fees payable by NSW practitioners will be announced by the Health Professional Councils Authority in NSW and detailed in the fee schedule.
The fees set by each National Board vary to reflect the actual cost of regulating each profession under the National Law, as follows.
In NSW, health practitioners pay the national registration renewal fee set by their National Boards. The Health Professionals Council for each profession in NSW is responsible for setting the notifications/complaints element of the registration fee payable by NSW practitioners. Fees for practitioners with a principal place of practice of NSW may vary.
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