The core role of the National Boards is to protect the public. One of the ways they do this is by making sure that only practitioners who have the skills and qualifications to provide safe care to the Australian community are registered to practise their profession.
Students who plan to start working as a health practitioner in Australia upon graduation are encouraged to apply for registration early, four to six weeks before completing their course.
As part of our response to the way that we register individuals in the context of managing the health sector impacts of COVID-19, we have introduced an online upload service to receive applications, forms and supporting documents.
This means applicants and registrants can submit their applications, forms and supporting documents online instead of sending these documents to Ahpra via hardcopy mail.
Where indicated on your form, you must continue to supply a certified copy of your document (certified as true copy of the original document). For more information, see certifying documents.
Your certified documents can then be scanned by you and saved as a file ready for upload.
The documents you upload must be:
You must ensure you have all your files ready before you begin as you are unable to save and resume your upload. When uploading an application, please ensure it is complete and all the supporting documents required are saved and ready to upload together (you can upload multiple files in one go).
Steps to upload
1. Click ‘Upload now’ button below
2. Create your account or log in
3. Select the applicable details and upload your documents
4. Submit to Ahpra
The National Boards and Ahpra are working with government, health services and others to support the registered health workforce during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Visit the Ahpra website for the latest COVID-19 updates.
The NMBA is aware that there are many continuing professional development (CPD) activities that are COVID-safe options and many CPD programs and providers have now adapted their programs to be COVID-safe. We encourage you to continue to do CPD that is relevant to your context of practice and your current work environment. Nurses and midwives are reminded that the following learning opportunities may also contribute to CPD hours:
The NMBA believes that most nurses and midwives will be meeting their CPD requirements through new learning related to COVID-19. However, we understand they may not have kept their usual CPD records and reflections.
You must answer all renewal questions honestly and accurately. If you believe you have met the CPD requirements, you can declare this at renewal even if you haven’t kept relevant records. The NMBA will not be auditing nurses and midwives against the CPD standard this year, although we may still take action against a nurse or midwife who makes false declarations at renewal.
Keep reading below for FAQs covering general information about how to renew your registration.
For FAQs specific to nursing and midwifery renewal see the Fact Sheet: Registration renewal for nurses and midwives.
Find out what you need to do to renew your registration.
The National Law requires all registered health practitioners to renew their registration with their National Board annually. Ahpra manages the registration and renewal process on behalf of the National Boards.
Health practitioners with general, specialist or non-practising registration renew online at the same time each year.
Health practitioners with provisional or limited registration renew their registration on the anniversary of when it was first granted.
Not sure which type of registration you have? Check your details on the online national register of practitioners.
As a registered health practitioner, you must declare that you meet your National Board’s registration standards including professional indemnity insurance, recency of practice and continuing professional development when you renew your registration. You also need to tell us if there's been any change to your criminal history since your last declaration. Make sure you understand the National Board’s requirements before making your declarations because you may be asked to give information in support of your application.
You need to tell us about any health impairments that you haven’t told us about in the past and that may affect your ability to safely practise. If you do have an impairment that either affects or you think is likely to affect your ability to practise, you must tell us about it and about what you’re doing to manage it. Having an impairment will not necessarily prevent you from practising.
National Boards routinely audit a randomly selected number of practitioners each year and you will need to be able to substantiate your declarations if audited. Making a declaration that is false or misleading can be grounds for the Board to refuse to renew your registration, impose conditions on your registration or take disciplinary action.
To help you understand the renewal process and what information is needed, read the FAQs below.
Registration standards define the requirements that applicants and registrants need to meet to be registered.
Registered practitioners can access online services to renew registration, amend contact details and check registration.
Employers can use online services to check the registration details of their employees and amend employer contact details.
Under the National Law, students have been registered from 2011.
Ahpra and the National Boards are developing a nationally-consistent approach to auditing health practitioners’ compliance with mandatory registration standards.
Continuing professional development (CPD) helps health professionals to maintain, improve and broaden their knowledge, expertise and competence.