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Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency

Registration Requirements

The mandatory registration standards are listed below.

Refer to the Registration Standards of the relevant health profession for full details of the requirements for health practitioners and students. Some National Boards also have additional registration standards, codes and guidelines.

1. Criminal history

(Applicable to health practitioners and students)

Specific factors are considered to determine whether the criminal history of health practitioners is relevant to the practice of their profession.

An international criminal history check will be required in circumstances where an applicant declares that they have resided in a country, other than Australia, for a period exceeding 6 months when aged 18 years of age or more or if a applicant or practitioner has declared a criminal history in a jurisdiction outside of Australia.

It is the responsibility of the applicant or practitioner to request and pay for this service through an AHPRA approved supplier.

For further information, please refer to the International criminal history checks page.

2. English language skills

(Applicable to health practitioners applying for registration)

All applicants must be able to demonstrate English language skills at IELTS academic level 7 or equivalent (7.5 for Pharmacy). Test results from examinations will generally need to be obtained within two years prior to applying for registration.

3. Professional indemnity insurance arrangements

(Applicable to health practitioners)

All practitioners require appropriate professional indemnity insurance (PII) to the level as specified by their National Board.

4. Continuing professional development

(Applicable to health practitioners with a practicing registration)

All practitioners must participate in activities that assist in maintaining and improving competence in their health profession, as determined by their National Board.

5. Recency of practice

(Applicable to health practitioners applying for registration)

All practitioners must have undertaken a certain number of hours of practice, as specified by their National Board, within preceding years of registration.

Page reviewed 4/02/2015