Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency - Ahpra in numbers

Ahpra in numbers

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  • 825,720 health practitioners in 16 professions registered in Australia in 2020/21
    • This includes 26,595 health practitioners on the pandemic sub-register
  • 24,061 (+3%) more registrants in 2020/21 than in 2019/20 (up from 801,659)
  • 84,607 applications for registration received across all professions; 41,548 applications from new graduates, including nearly 23,300 nursing applications
  • 69,571 domestic and international criminal history checks made
    • 2,723 (3.9%) of these found disclosable court outcomes; applicants granted registration when the nature of their disclosable court outcome had little relevance to their ability to practise safely and competently
  • 99.6% of registrants renewed and completed their registration online
  • 94.8% of registrants completed an online workforce survey at renewal
  • 84,232 (+3.9%) new applications for registration finalised
  • 738,659 practitioners renewed their registration
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  • The National Scheme accredited over 860 approved programs of study, delivered by more than 130 education providers
  • 189,786 students studying to be health practitioners through an approved program of study or clinical training program in 2020/21
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  • 10,147 notifications about 7,858 health practitioners received by Ahpra in 2020/21
  • Nationally 13,483 practitioners had 17,846 notifications made about them, (including complaints managed by the Health Professional Councils Authority in NSW and the Office of the Health Ombudsman in Queensland)
  • 1.6% of all registered health practitioners were the subject of a notification
  • 0.9% fewer notifications than in 2019/20 and 8.7% more than in 2018/19
  • 6,800 (67.0%) notifications received were about a single concern, 2,149 notifications (21.2%) were about two concerns, and 1,198 (11.8%) about three or more concerns
  • Of the 7,858 practitioners who had a notification made about them in 2020/21, 4,839 practitioners (61.6%) hadn’t had a notification before and 3,019 (38.4%) had had a notification in previous reporting years
  • 568 notifications involving a possible failure to maintain appropriate professional boundaries
  • National Boards took immediate (interim) action 597 times to restrict or suspend the registration of a practitioner
  • 1,266 mandatory notifications received, 14.4% more than in 2019/20
  • 10,121 notifications closed by Ahpra in 2020/21, 8.9% more than in 2019/20


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  • 3,516 practitioners monitored to ensure health, performance and/or conduct requirements were being met during the year


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Legal actions


  • 16 successful prosecutions in the courts; all resulted in findings of guilt against the defendant on one or more charges
  • 121 matters about professional misconduct determined by independent tribunals; 96.7% resulted in disciplinary action
  • 343 complaints made about title protection
  • 386 complaints about advertising made


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Board and committee appointments


  • In 2020/21, 693 appointments made:
    • 52 Ministerial appointments of National Board members 
    • 312 National Board appointments of national committee and panel members
    • 108 Ministerial appointments of state, territory or regional board members
    • 221 National Board appointments of state, territory and regional committee members
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Responding to inquiries


  • 935 calls answered and 222 web enquiries responded to every business day by our Customer Service team
  • 316 media enquiries responded to
  • 248 Freedom of Information applications finalised


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Communicating and engaging


  • The Ahpra website viewed over 29 million times
  • Our social media posts seen over 3 million times and received 109,135 interactions (likes, shares and comments); followers 10,559 on Twitter, 89,839 on LinkedIn and 1,939 on Instagram and 35,528 Facebook likes
  • More than 2.5 million searches made of the Register of practitioners
  • 633 news items, including 51 media releases, published
  • 103 court and tribunal summaries published
  • 54 National Board newsletters, with a median open rate of 63.7%, and three issues of the Ahpra Report for stakeholders published
  • 23 episodes of our Taking care podcast published

For more information about how we have performed, and to download our latest annual report, see the 2020/21 annual report.

Page reviewed 22/11/2021