Registration Process

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, go to the website for the relevant National Board and follow the menu to Registration.

Apply

To apply for registration, select the relevant profession below

Stages of the Registration Process

Your application for registration will pass through the first four stages, as outlined below, but may pass up to eight stages.

Stage 1: Application

When your online or hardcopy application form is submitted, it is reviewed internally for completeness.

Stage 2: Assessment

The supplied information is assessed against registration standards. At this stage you 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 your application is straight forward and the recommendation is to register, a delegate of the Board may register you without referring to the relevant National Board. Complicated cases will be referred to the National Board for resolution.

Stage 3: National Board Decision

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.

Stage 4: Registration

Registration is finalised and relevant letters and certificates are prepared and sent to you.

Stage 5: Submission

If a National Board accepts the application with conditions or rejects the application, you will be informed at this stage. You may then elect to make a submission to the National Board.

Stage 6: Submission Assessment

Following Stage 5, your submission is considered and a final decision is made.

Stage 7: Tribunal

If you do not agree with the Board’s final decision you may go to a tribunal for a decision. See the Appeals fact sheet for more information.

Stage 8: Withdrawn Incomplete

If your submission to the Board is not received within a reasonable period, the application is closed as being withdrawn and incomplete.

How long will my application take to process?

If your application is considered complete

Your application for registration is complete if AHPRA has received all the information required 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:

  • Up to 10 days for graduate applications***
  • Up to 10 days for provisional to general applications
  • Up to 10 days for specialist applications (where general is already held)
  • Up to 4-6 weeks for all other application types. However, complex applications, including those from overseas, may take more time.

*** 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 take up to 4-6 weeks.

Delays may be experienced if AHPRA is awaiting the results of international criminal history checks from an approved supplier. However, in most cases this 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.

If your application is not considered complete

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.

What does complete mean with respect to the National Law?

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.

Application for Registration

Section 77(2) of the National Law requires that an application for registration must:

  1. be in the form approved by the National Board; and
  2. be accompanied by the relevant fee; and
  3. be accompanied by proof of the applicant’s identity; and
  4. be accompanied by any other information reasonably required by the Board.

Application for Endorsement

Section 99(2) of the national law requires that an application for endorsement must:

  1. be in the form approved by the National Board; and
  2. be accompanied by the relevant fee; and
  3. be accompanied by any other information reasonably required by the Board.

Application for Renewal of Registration

Section 107(4) of the national law requires that an application for renewal of registration or endorsement must:

  1. be in the form approved by the National Board; and
  2. be accompanied by the relevant fee; and
  3. if the application for renewal is made after the registered health practitioner’s period of registration ends, be accompanied by the relevant fee for a late application; and
  4. be accompanied by the annual statement required under section 109; and
  5. be accompanied by any other information reasonably required by the Board.
 
 
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