21 Nov 2014
Health practitioners across 12 professions have less than two weeks to renew registration with their National Board to avoid paying a late fee.
About 150,000 health practitioners are due to renew registration by 30 November. More than 65 per cent have already renewed, the majority doing so online.
The professions due to renew are: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioners, Chinese medicine practitioners, chiropractors, dental practitioners, medical radiation practitioners, occupational therapists, optometrists, osteopaths, pharmacists, physiotherapists, podiatrists and psychologists.
The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), on behalf of the National Boards, is sending registered practitioners a series of email and hard copy reminders to renew. Anyone who hasn’t received a reminder to renew should phone AHPRA on 1300 419 495.
Renewal applications received by AHPRA after the registration expiry date will incur a late payment fee in addition to the annual renewal fee. This is outlined in the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law, as in force in each state and territory (the National Law).
Practitioners, whose application is received on time or during the following one month late period, can continue practising while their application is processed.
Anyone who does not apply to renew their registration by 31 December 2014 will have lapsed registration. They will be removed from the national register of practitioners and will not be able to practise their profession in Australia.
More information about renewal of registration is available on National Board websites.