20 Sep 2023
National Boards and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Ahpra) have announced annual registration fees for 2023/24.
In almost all cases, the National Boards this year have been able to limit any fee increases to below indexation and in some cases, Boards have been able to freeze fees. This is despite compounding factors that have increased regulatory costs in the last year, including a sharp increase in inflation and the need to respond to health workforce pressures.
‘Ahpra and the National Boards recognise that many Australians are under financial strain. Registered health practitioners are no exception.
‘We have worked closely together to keep fees as low as possible while ensuring the National Scheme is appropriately funded so we can perform our vital public protection work,’ Ahpra CEO Martin Fletcher said.
Registration fees fund the work of the National Boards and Ahpra to keep the public safe by:
The National Scheme is self-funded with each Board responsible for meeting the full costs of regulating their profession. The fees for each National Board must also reflect the risk and complexity of the individual professions, as well as the resources needed to address them.
The National Boards work closely with Ahpra to keep fees as low as possible while continuing to meet regulatory obligations and the expectations of the public and practitioners. There is no government funding.
The fees are:
The National Boards consider a range of factors when setting the level of indexation, including the Reserve Bank of Australia’s (RBA) target for inflation of two to three per cent and the Consumer Price Index (CPI). To find out more about this process, please see the Ahpra Fee setting policy.
The fees schedule for each profession is published on National Board websites. Any variation to the fees payable by NSW-based practitioners is announced by the NSW Health Professional Councils Authority and detailed in the published fee schedules on National Board websites.
The health profession agreement between each of the National Boards and Ahpra details the fees payable by health practitioners, the annual budget of the National Board and the services provided by Ahpra that enable the National Boards to carry out their functions under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law, as in force in each state and territory.
Information about consideration of financial hardship can be found on the Ahpra website.