Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency
 

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 in each of the 14 health professions regulated under the National Scheme, go to the website for the relevant National Board and follow the menu to registration.

Under the National Law, each Board sets Registration Standards, approved by Ministerial Council, that every registered health practitioner must meet. These standards are designed to ensure patient safety. Registration standards for each National Board are published on National Board websites.

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.

Routine applications for renewal of registration take less time to manage and assess than more complex registration applications.

Stages of the Registration Process

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

Stage 1: Application

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

Stage 2: Assessment

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.

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 for the applicant.

Stage 5: Submission

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.

Stage 6: Submission Assessment

Following Stage 5, the response from the applicant is considered and a final decision is made.

Stage 7: Tribunal

If applicants do not agree with the final decision of the Board, they may take their case to a tribunal for a decision.

Stage 8: Withdrawn Incomplete

If a required response from the applicant is not received within a reasonable period, the application is closed - withdrawn and incomplete.

Renew Registration

You can renew your registration online.

Note that Provisional Psychologists and Limited registrants cannot use online renewal because of additional information requirements.

Forms

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.

How long will my application take to process?

If your application is considered complete

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:

  • 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.

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.

Graduate Applications

Completing your studies soon? Apply for registration now.

 
 
 
Page reviewed 18/12/2014