19 Sep 2019
National Boards for the 16 regulated professions and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) have announced annual registration fees for 2019-2020.
Fees for four National Boards (Chinese medicine, chiropractic, osteopathy and podiatry) have been frozen to remain the same as last year and 11 National Boards (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Health Practice, dental, medical, medical radiation practice, nursing and midwifery, occupational therapy, optometry, paramedicine, pharmacy, physiotherapy and psychology) have increased fees by indexation (up to 3%).
Registration fees are published annually and fund the work of National Boards in partnership with AHPRA to keep the public safe by:
Regulation of health practitioners in Australia is entirely funded by fees from registered practitioners, with no funding from governments.
AHPRA Chief Executive Officer Martin Fletcher said the 2019-2020 fees are intended to make sure regulation can respond to the increase in activity seen across the National Scheme1.
‘With over 744,000 practitioners registered and a significant increase in notifications, we work with each National Board to set fees that allow us to meet the expectations of the public and practitioners,’ Mr Fletcher said.
‘Registration fees fully cover all costs involved in regulating each of the 16 professions included in the National Scheme. AHPRA works closely with National Boards to make sure the fees set allow us to carry out our duties and together protect the public,’ he said.
In most cases, the annual fees apply from 1 December 2019. The fees schedule for each profession is published on National Board websites, including the fee arrangements for practitioners whose principal place of practice is New South Wales (NSW). Any variation to the fees payable by NSW practitioners is announced by the Health Professional Council Authority (HPCA) in NSW and detailed in the published fee schedule.
The fees are:
1 National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (the National Scheme).