02 Sep 2015
National Boards have announced practitioner registration fees for 2015/16, including 6 Boards that have reduced fees, 3 which have frozen fees and 5 which have limited fee increases to the national consumer price index (CPI) of 1.3%.
The Medical Radiation Practice, Occupational Therapy, Optometry, Osteopathy, Physiotherapy, and Podiatry Boards have reduced fees.
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Practice, Chinese Medicine and Nursing and Midwifery Boards have frozen fees.
The Chiropractic, Dental, Medical, Pharmacy and Psychology Boards have limited fee increases to the national CPI.
The National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (National Scheme) is funded by practitioners’ registration fees.
AHPRA CEO, Martin Fletcher, said the fees set for all the National Boards reflect the commitment by the National Boards and AHPRA to prudent financial management.
‘The National Boards and AHPRA have set fees so that we can meet our regulatory responsibilities under the National Scheme, while also aiming to be effective and efficient regulators of registered health practitioners, and protect the public,’ Mr Fletcher said.
’The National Scheme has now been in operation for five years, so we have more information about the actual cost of regulating each profession under the National Law1,’ he said.
The Health Profession Agreements between AHPRA and each Board will again be published on our websites. These agreements set out the partnership between the National Boards and AHPRA, and the services AHPRA will provide in supporting the Boards to carry out their functions. More detailed information about each Board’s budget is also published in the National Scheme annual report which will be released in November 2015.
In most cases, the annual fees will apply from 9 September 2015. At this time, the fees schedule for each profession will be published on the National Board websites, including the fee arrangements for practitioners whose principal place of practice is NSW. Any variation to the fees payable by NSW practitioners will be announced by the Health Professional Councils Authority in NSW and detailed in the published fee schedule.
The fees set by each National Board vary to reflect the actual cost of regulating each profession under the National Law, as follows.
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1The Health Practitioner Regulation National Law, as in force in each state and territory.