01 Sep 2016
National Boards have announced practitioner registration fees for 2016/17, including 4 Boards that have reduced fees, 4 which have frozen fees and 4 which have limited fee increases to no more than indexation.
The Occupational Therapy, Optometry, Osteopathy, and Physiotherapy Boards have announced reduced fees.
The Chinese Medicine, Medical, Medical Radiation Practice, and Podiatry Boards have announced frozen fees.
The Chiropractic, Dental, Pharmacy, and Psychology Boards have announced fee increases limited to indexation.
The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (the Board) will announce a final determination on fees for the 2016-17 renewal period in late 2016. Fees previously agreed by the Board for the 2015/16 renewal period, including a general registration fee of $150, represents the minimum fees payable.
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Practice Board of Australia (the Board) has announced an increase in its fees by $20. The reflects the resources necessary to allow the Board to meet its obligations in regulating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioners under the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (National Scheme).
The National Scheme is funded by practitioners’ registration fees.
AHPRA CEO, Martin Fletcher, said the fees set for all the National Boards reflect the commitment by the National Boards and AHPRA to prudent financial management.
‘The National Boards and AHPRA have set fees so that we can meet our regulatory responsibilities under the National Scheme, while also aiming to be effective and efficient regulators of registered health practitioners, and protect the public,’ Mr Fletcher said.
The Health Profession Agreements between AHPRA and each Board will again be published on our website. These agreements set out the partnership between the National Boards and AHPRA, and the services AHPRA will provide in supporting the Boards to carry out their functions. More detailed information about each Board’s budget is also published in the National Scheme annual report which will be released in November 2016.
In most cases, the annual fees will apply from 1 September 2016. At this time, the fees schedule for each profession will be published on the National Board websites, including the fee arrangements for practitioners whose principal place of practice is NSW. Any variation to the fees payable by NSW practitioners will be announced by the Health Professional Councils Authority in NSW and detailed in the published 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.
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