AHPRA in Numbers


  • 657,621 health practitioners in 14 professions registered in Australia in 2015/16
  • There were almost 20,000 more registrants in 2015/16 than last year (up from 637,218)
  • 65,274 applications for registration received across all professions
  • 153,710 students studying to be health practitioners through an approved program of study or clinical training program
  • 66,698 domestic and international criminal history checks undertaken
  • 3,275 (4.91%) of these found disclosable court outcomes, which resulted in limitation of the registration of 10 practitioners and refusal of registration in 1 case
  • 94% of practitioners completed the online workforce survey that was sent out on renewal
  • 98% of nurses and midwives now renew and complete their annual registration online

Statutory offences

  • 1,013 advertising-related complaints received; 374 were closed
  • 15 offence complaints relating to practice; 15 were closed
  • 288 offence complaints received relating to title protection; 194 closed
  • 11 cases of falsely claiming to be a registered health practitioner successfully prosecuted before the courts

Monitoring and compliance

  • 2,532 practitioners being monitored for health, performance and/or conduct
  • Launched a National Restrictions Library, which currently contains 73 restrictions (conditions and undertakings) used across all regulatory functions


Note: all totals and percentages in this section are inclusive of AHPRA and NSW data.

  • 1.5% of 657,621 practitioners were the subject of a notification
  • 10,082 notifications in 2015/16
  • 81% of finalised ‘immediate actions’ - for the most serious risks to public safety - led to restrictions on registration.
    (Restrictions include suspension, conditions, undertakings or surrender of registration.)
  • 19.7% increase in notifications lodged
  • 17.7% increase in mandatory notifications
  • 18.3% increase in notifications about medical practitioners
  • 13.2% increase in nursing and midwifery notifications
  • 53.3% of notifications were about medical practitioners, who make up 16.3% of total practitioners
  • 102 appeals lodged in tribunals about Board decisions made under the National Law
  • Of the 63 appeals that were finalised, 88.9% resulted in no change to the Board decision as an outcome of the appeal (21 where the original decision was confirmed, and 35 where the appeal was withdrawn)
  • Of the health, performance and conduct matters decided nationally by tribunals this year, 86.6% resulted in disciplinary action

AHPRA: Supporting the National Boards

  • 93% of health practitioners responded with ‘satisfied to very satisfied’ when asked to rate their interaction with our customer service teams
  • Our customer service teams resolved 93% of telephone calls at first contact
  • 76 requests received for access to registered health practitioner data and information for research purposes
  • AHPRA received up to 1,480 phone calls and 175 web enquiries each working day, and close to 5,000 calls daily in peak times
  • Our 15 websites received more than 11.2 million visits in 2015/16 and more than 53.7 million page views
  • 175 freedom of information applications were finalized
  • This year, there were a total of 623 appointments made:
    • 106 Ministerial appointments of National Board members
    • 247 National Board appointments of National Committees
    • 60 Ministerial appointments of state, territory or region Board members
    • 210 National Board appointments of state, territory or region Committee membership

For more information about how we have performed, and to download our latest annual report, see the 2015/16 the annual report.

Page reviewed 14/03/2017