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.
To apply for registration, select the relevant profession below
Your application for registration will pass through the first four stages, as outlined below, but may pass up to eight stages.
When your online or hardcopy application form is submitted, it is reviewed internally for completeness.
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.
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.
Registration is finalised and relevant letters and certificates are prepared and sent to you.
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.
Following Stage 5, your submission is considered and a final decision is made.
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.
If your submission to the Board is not received within a reasonable period, the application is closed as being withdrawn and incomplete.
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:
*** 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.
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.
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.
Section 77(2) of the National Law requires that an application for registration must:
Section 99(2) of the national law requires that an application for endorsement must:
Section 107(4) of the national law requires that an application for renewal of registration or endorsement must:
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.
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.
You may be entitled to a total refund of both the application and registration fee if:
You may be entitled to a refund if:
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.
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:
AHPRA will not refund fees if:
AHPRA will also not refund amounts less than $10 unless it relates to:
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:
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.