Applicants who apply for registration from overseas, provide minimum proof of identity and are considered eligible for registration with the relevant National Board are required to present in person at an Ahpra office to have their identity verified before their registration is finalised.
In addition, the Medical Board of Australia requires that international medical graduates present in person to an Ahpra office if they have not previously been registered as a medical practitioner with limited or provisional registration under the National Scheme1 before their limited, provisional or specialist registration can be granted.
As an interim measure to help boost the Australian healthcare workforce during the COVID-19 pandemic, applicants who hold current in-principle approval of registration and are in Australia are encouraged to present in person at their intended place of employment.
Applicants, who arrived in Australia before 27 March 2020, must have self-isolated for 14 days in the state or territory where they landed upon entering the country, as directed by the Australian Government, before presenting in person. During this time, they must have followed the government’s community safety measures for self-isolation periods, including having no visitors or close contact with anyone else for 14 days. Applicants arriving in Australia from 27 March 2020 must be isolated in mandatory quarantine accommodation at government-designated facilities in the city for 14 days from arrival.
Copies of your identity documents must be certified by a registered health practitioner. The certified copies of your identity documents must then be submitted to Ahpra via email by either a registered health practitioner or other employee of your intended place of employment (e.g. administration officer, receptionist, manager, etc.)
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1 The National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (the National Scheme)