Registration Process

The National Boards consider every application for registration carefully and assess it against the requirements for registration set by each Board.

There are different categories of registration in each profession. For information about registration as a health practitioner, go to the website for the relevant National Board and follow the menu to Registration.

Apply

To apply for registration, select the relevant profession below

Stages of the Registration Process

Your application for registration will pass through the first four stages, as outlined below, but may pass up to eight stages.

Stage 1: Application

When your online or hardcopy application form is submitted, it is reviewed internally for completeness.

Stage 2: Assessment

The supplied information is assessed against registration standards. At this stage you may be required to supply further information or undergo various tests or examinations regarding competency or health issues. A recommendation is then made, which may be to register, register with conditions, or refuse.

If your application is straight forward and the recommendation is to register, a delegate of the Board may register you without referring to the relevant National Board. Complicated cases will be referred to the National Board for resolution.

Stage 3: National Board Decision

The Board may accept the recommendation or take some other action. The Board's decision will either be to register, register with conditions, or refuse the application.

Stage 4: Registration

Registration is finalised and relevant letters and certificates are prepared and sent to you.

Stage 5: Submission

If a National Board accepts the application with conditions or rejects the application, you will be informed at this stage. You may then elect to make a submission to the National Board.

Stage 6: Submission Assessment

Following Stage 5, your submission is considered and a final decision is made.

Stage 7: Tribunal

If you do not agree with the Board’s final decision you may go to a tribunal for a decision. See the Appeals fact sheet for more information.

Stage 8: Withdrawn Incomplete

If your submission to the Board is not received within a reasonable period, the application is closed as being withdrawn and incomplete.


How long will my application take to process?

If your application is considered complete

Your application for registration is complete if AHPRA has received all the information required to complete an assessment. Refer to the relevant section of The Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act 2009 (1.26 MB, PDF) (the National Law). The standard timeframe for the assessment of a complete application is:

  • Up to 10 days for graduate applications***
  • Up to 10 days for provisional to general applications
  • Up to 10 days for specialist applications (where general is already held)
  • Up to 4-6 weeks for all other application types. However, complex applications, including those from overseas, may take more time.

*** Due to the significant increase in the volume of graduate applications received during the end of year graduate period (October – January), the assessment timeframes of complete graduate applications may take up to 4-6 weeks.

Delays may be experienced if AHPRA is awaiting the results of international criminal history checks from an approved supplier. However, in most cases this check will be available by the time the registration application has been assessed.

For further information, please refer to the International criminal history checks page.

If your application is not considered complete

This means AHPRA has not received all the information to complete an assessment. Refer to the relevant section of The Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act 2009 (1.26 MB, PDF) (the National Law). A timeframe cannot be given here due to outstanding requirements. If you are unsure what is outstanding, please contact AHPRA to identify what is still required. Alternatively, forward all outstanding requirements to AHPRA so an assessment can take place.

What does complete mean with respect to the National Law?

For an application to be considered complete a number of conditions must be met depending on the type of application. Please refer below for further information.

Application for Registration

Section 77(2) of the National Law requires that an application for registration must:

  1. be in the form approved by the National Board; and
  2. be accompanied by the relevant fee; and
  3. be accompanied by proof of the applicant’s identity; and
  4. be accompanied by any other information reasonably required by the Board.

Application for Endorsement

Section 99(2) of the national law requires that an application for endorsement must:

  1. be in the form approved by the National Board; and
  2. be accompanied by the relevant fee; and
  3. be accompanied by any other information reasonably required by the Board.

Application for Renewal of Registration

Section 107(4) of the national law requires that an application for renewal of registration or endorsement must:

  1. be in the form approved by the National Board; and
  2. be accompanied by the relevant fee; and
  3. if the application for renewal is made after the registered health practitioner’s period of registration ends, be accompanied by the relevant fee for a late application; and
  4. be accompanied by the annual statement required under section 109; and
  5. be accompanied by any other information reasonably required by the Board.  

Refund policy

Did you know that if your application for registration has been refused by a National Board or you accidentally overpaid, there may be circumstances in which you may receive a refund? Find out more and any conditions that apply below.

How to request a refund

A request for a refund can be made by filling out the web enquiry form.

If you paid by credit card, the refund will be made to your credit card. For all other methods of payment, the refund will be made via direct bank transfer. AHPRA does not issue cash refunds.

When will AHPRA refund fees?

Circumstances allowing for a total refund of both the application and registration fee

You may be entitled to a total refund of both the application and registration fee if:

  • You withdraw your application before assessment of registration has commenced 
  • Your application was submitted in error and an assessment has not yet commenced.

Circumstances allowing for the refund of the registration fee only

You may be entitled to a refund if:

  • your application is not approved or refused 
  • you withdrew your application before it had been finalised or refused by a National Board, or 
  • your application is taken to be withdrawn (eg. you failed to provide further information to AHPRA within the required time).

Note: If your application is withdrawn or refused you do not need to apply for a refund of the registration fee. AHPRA will initiate your fee refund as part of closing your application.

The unused portion of the registration fee may also be refunded in the event of a practitioner’s death upon AHPRA being provided with a certified copy of the Requestor’s proof of identity and the relevant section of either a certified copy of the deceased person’s will/grant of probate/letter of administration or an original solicitor’s letter verifying that the solicitor represents the deceased person’s estate.

Refund for an overpayment

Refunds of both the registration and application fee only apply if the candidate has withdrawn their application before assessment has commenced or the application was submitted in error.

Refund of the difference between the registration fee and an amount that was overpaid in error will apply where it can be shown that an incorrect payment was made due to the following circumstances:

  • accidental overpayment based on the approved fee schedule for the profession 
  • duplicate payment was made 
  • AHPRA issued an incorrect invoice

When will AHPRA not refund fees?

AHPRA will not refund fees if:

  • you voluntarily surrender your registration 
  • your registration is suspended, or 
  • your registration is cancelled.

AHPRA will also not refund amounts less than $10 unless it relates to:

  • a deceased practitioner 
  • a registration fee on an initial application of registration.

Other conditions

The refund request to AHPRA must be made within 12 months of payment.

AHPRA will apply a $10 processing fee to all refunds, except where a refund relates to:

  • the death of a practitioner, 
  • the registration fee on initial application of registration, 
  • or when AHPRA has made an error.

If your bank account details are incorrect and AHPRA is unable to make the refund, subsequent attempts will have the rejecting bank’s return fee deducted from the refund amount.

 
 
Page reviewed 16/08/2018