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.

For further information about how criminal history checks apply to all health practitioners and students, please refer to the criminal history registration standard in effect from 1 July 2015.

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 that their English language skills will enable them to safely practise as health practitioners. The National Boards have determined different pathways for applicants to demonstrate their English language skills.

For further information about English language skills pathways, please refer to the English language skills registration standards in effect from 1 July 2015.

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 carried out a certain number of hours of practice, as specified by their National Board, within preceding years of registration.

Page reviewed 21/09/2015