Revised registration standards

31 Jul 2019

 The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practice, Chinese Medicine, Chiropractic, Occupational Therapy, Optometry and Psychology Boards have today published revised registration standards1 which will come into effect on 1 December 2019 with one exception2 and replace the existing standards.

 The revised registration standards are:

National Boards Registration standard
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practice
  • Recency of practice (RoP)
  • Continuing professional development (CPD)
  • Professional indemnity insurance (PII) arrangements
  • English language skills, and
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Chinese Medicine
  • Recency of practice (RoP)
  • Continuing professional development (CPD)
  • Professional indemnity insurance (PII) arrangement
Chiropractic
  • Continuing professional development (CPD)
Occupational Therapy
  • Recency of practice (RoP)
  • Continuing professional development (CPD)
  • Professional indemnity insurance (PII) arrangements
Optometry
  • Continuing professional development (CPD)
Psychology
  • Professional indemnity insurance (PII) arrangements

The revised standards were approved by the Council of Australia Government (COAG) Health Council on 30 June 2019.

The revised RoP, PII arrangements and CPD revised standards will apply to applicants for renewal and most applicants for initial registration . The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and English language skills revised standards will apply to initial applicants for registration as an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioner.

The revised standards are being rolled out to align with the 2019 renewals for each profession to allow preparation time where there are changes from the existing standards, except for optometrists. Please refer to AHPRA's Registration standards page for additional information and resources.

The standards were revised after a scheduled review, which included public consultation. Today National Boards published consultation reports providing a summary of the consultation processes, rationale for any changes and proposed way forward, including areas where further work is planned.

Additional resources about the revised standards

The following additional resources about the revised standards are available on the registration standards page.

  • letters of approval
  • consultation reports:
    • Continuing professional development registration standard 
    • Recency of practice registration standard
    • Professional indemnity insurance arrangements registration standard  
  • common FAQs and timetable for commencement  

To help practitioners prepare for the revised standards, they have been published on the Board’s website:


1 Registration standards define the requirements that applicants and registrants in the regulated professions need to meet to be registered.

2 The Optometry Board’s revised CPD registration standard will come into effect in 2020.

3 In most cases the National Boards’ CPD registration standards do not apply to applicants for initial registration.

     
     
    Page reviewed 31/07/2019