The National Boards consider every application for registration carefully and assess it against the requirements for registration set by each Board.
There are different categories of registration in each profession. For information about registration as a health practitioner and for application forms, go to the website for the relevant National Board and follow the menu to 'Registration'.
If you are a recent graduate of an Australian approved program of study or a student about to complete your approved program within the next 6 weeks, you may be able to apply online.
There are specific registration application processes that apply to overseas qualified health practitioners.
Information about student registration is published on the Student Registration page.
The time it takes to process applications for registration varies according to the type of registration requested and the complexity of the application. Please see How long will my application take to process? below.
An application will pass through the first four stages, as outlined below, but may pass up to eight stages.
When the hardcopy application form or online renewal form is submitted, it is reviewed internally for completeness.
The supplied information is assessed against registration standards. At this stage the applicant may be required to supply further information or undergo various tests or examinations regarding competency or health issues. A recommendation is then made, which may be to register, register with conditions, or refuse.
If the application is straight forward and the recommendation is to register, a delegate of the Board may register the applicant without referring to the relevant National Board. Complicated cases will be referred to the National Board for resolution.
The Board may accept the recommendation or take some other action. The Board's decision will either be to register, register with conditions, or refuse the application.
Registration is finalised and relevant letters and certificates are prepared for the applicant.
If a National Board accepts the application with conditions or rejects the application, the applicant will be informed at this stage. The applicant may then elect to make a submission to the National Board.
Following Stage 5, the response from the applicant is considered and a final decision is made.
If applicants do not agree with the final decision of the Board, they may take their case to a tribunal for a decision. See the Appeals fact sheet for more information.
If a required response from the applicant is not received within a reasonable period, the application is closed - withdrawn and incomplete.
You can renew your registration online.
Note that Provisional Psychologists and Limited registrants cannot use online renewal because of additional information requirements.
You can download application forms from the Common Application Forms page which also has links to the profession-specific forms located on the websites of each of the National Boards.
This means AHPRA has received all the information to complete an assessment. Refer to the relevant section of The Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act 2009 (1.26 MB, PDF) ('the National Law'). The standard timeframe for the assessment of a complete application is:
*** Due to the significant increase in the volume of graduate applications received during the end of year graduate period (October – January), the assessment timeframes of complete graduate applications may be prolonged up to 4-6 weeks.
Delays may be experienced if AHPRA is awaiting the results of international criminal history checks from an approved supplier. In most cases however the international criminal history check will be available by the time the registration application has been assessed.
For further information, please refer to the International criminal history checks page.
This means AHPRA has not received all the information to complete an assessment. Refer to the relevant section of The Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act 2009 (1.26 MB, PDF) ('the National Law'). A timeframe cannot be given here due to outstanding requirements. If you are unsure what is outstanding, please contact AHPRA to identify what is still required. Alternatively, forward all outstanding requirements to AHPRA so an assessment can take place.
For an application to be considered complete a number of conditions must be met depending on the type of application. Please refer below for further information.
Section 77(2) of the National Law requires that an application for registration must:
Section 99(2) of the national law requires that an application for endorsement must:
Section 107(4) of the national law requires that an application for renewal of registration or endorsement must: