Ahpra in numbers

Registration icon



  • 801,659 health practitioners in 16 professions registered in Australia in 2019/20
  • There were over 57,222 more registrants in 2019/20 than last year (up from 744,437)
  • 81,437 applications for registration received across all professions
  • 193,800 students studying to be health practitioners through an approved program of study or clinical training program
  • 77,677 domestic and international criminal history checks made
  • 3,131 (4.0%) of these found disclosable court outcomes. Applicants were granted registration when the nature of their disclosable court outcome had little relevance to their ability to practise safely and competently.
  • 96.4% of registrants completed an online workforce survey at renewal
  • 99.4% of registrants renewed and completed their registration online


Notifications icon



  • 10,236 notifications were lodged with Ahpra about health practitioners in 2019/20
  • 16,858 notifications were lodged overall (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
  • 9.6% increase in notifications received by Ahpra
  • 580 times immediate action was taken to restrict or suspend the registration of a practitioner
  • 4.0% fewer mandatory notifications received
  • 3.5% more notifications were closed by Ahpra in 2019/20 than in the previous year (9,291 closures).


Monitoring restrictions on practitioners icon

Monitoring restrictions on practitioners


  • 2,629 practitioners were monitored for health, performance and/or conduct
  • 89 conditions or undertakings listed in our National restrictions library, which are used to restrict registration to protect the public


Criminal offences icon

Legal actions


  • 11 prosecutions completion, all resulting in a finding of guilt
  • 132 matters determined by tribunals, 100% resulted in disciplinary action
  • 412 offence complaints received relating to title protection; 420 closed following investigation
  • 584 advertising-related complaints received


Board and committee appointments icon

Board and committee appointments


  • This year, there were a total of 493 appointments made:
    • 8 Ministerial appointments of National Board member 
    • 235 National Board appointments of national committee and panel members
    • 51 Ministerial appointments of state, territory or regional board members
    • 199 National Board appointments of state, territory and regional committee members


Responding to inquiries icon

Responding to inquiries


  • Ahpra answered an average of 1,044 phone calls and responded to 280 web enquiries each work day
  • 469 media enquiries responded to
  • 274 freedom of information applications were finalised


Communicating and informing icon

Communicating and engaging


  • 61 media releases issued
  • 474 news items published 
  • 51 Board newsletters published
  • 77 court and tribunal summaries published
  • 32,020 Facebook likes, up 31.3% from last year
  • 9,800 Twitter followers, up 13.8% from last year
  • 71,213 LinkedIn followers, up 117.1% from last year
  • 993 Instagram followers, in our first year
  • 170,138 interactions (likes, shares and comments) made on our social posts
  • The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and cultural safety strategy 2020-2025 launched
  • Over 1 million searches of the Register of practitioners


For more information about how we have performed, and to download our latest annual report, see the 2019/20 annual report.

Page reviewed 12/11/2020