Registration renewal

Response to COVID-19  

The Board 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.

Important update on CPD requirements for professions renewing by 30 November

The Boards expects you to make reasonable efforts to complete your required CPD. However, we understand that some practitioners may have had trouble fully meeting CPD, particularly any face to face requirements, due to the impacts of COVID-19.

The Boards will not take action if you have not been able to complete CPD for the 2020 – 21 registration period due to the exceptional circumstances of COVID-19 and you declare on your renewal application that you have not met the CPD Registration standard.

It’s important that you answer all questions honestly and accurately when completing your registration renewal and declare that you have not met the CPD requirements if that is the case. If you declare that you did not meet the CPD Registration standard the Board may request evidence in the future of what you have done to address any identified gaps in your CPD learning needs such as any interactive or face to face CPD requirements.

Given the importance of CPD and the increasing availability of flexible and COVID-safe CPD options, you will be expected to fully meet CPD requirements in future and when renewing in 2022.

Please see the FAQ about COVID and CPD requirements below for more information.

Renew online

 

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.

  • Nurses and midwives renew their registration by 31 May every year.
  • Medical practitioners renew their registration by 30 September every year.
  • Other health practitioners renew their registration by 30 November every 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.

What information is required at renewal?

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.

Renewal application process FAQs

Health practitioners who hold general, specialist or non-practising registration must renew their registration by the same date each year.

Look out for a reminder email from Ahpra as confirmation that online renewal for your profession is open. You will get email reminders several times during the renewal period, so use our online services to check that Ahpra has your current contact details. Be sure to check the public register to confirm your registration details.

 Annual renewal period for registered health professionals
 31 May each year Nurses and midwives 
 30 September each year Medical practitioners 
 30 November each year

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioners 
Chinese medicine practitioners
Chiropractors
Dental practitioners
Medical radiation practitioners
Occupational therapists
Optometrists
Osteopaths
Paramedicine
Pharmacists
Physiotherapists
Podiatrists
Psychologists

Health practitioners with general, specialist or non-practising registration renew online.

Look out for your email renewal reminder from Ahpra about eight weeks before your registration expires.

  • Click the link in your renewal reminder email or go to online services
  • Enter your Ahpra User ID; this is either your email address, or the 10-digit number located on your renewal reminder notice (it is not your registration number)
  • Enter your date of birth
  • Enter your current password. If you have forgotten your password, you can update it by using the password reset function.

Health practitioners who hold provisional or limited registration renew their registration on the anniversary of when their registration was first granted.

Be sure to check the public register to confirm your registration details if you are unsure of your registration expiry date.


Health practitioners with provisional or limited registration renew by hardcopy application each year; a hardcopy application is necessary because extra information is required.

Look out for your renewal reminder and application form via mail about eight to twelve weeks before your provisional or limited registration expires. We’ll also send you a reminder via email letting you know we’ve sent your renewal reminder and application form in the mail.

You can submit your hardcopy application via Ahpra’s online upload or you can mail it by post to your local Ahpra office.

Provisionally registered pharmacists

Provisionally registered pharmacists can renew online or by hardcopy.

If you are a provisionally registered pharmacist look out for your email renewal reminder from Ahpra about eight weeks before your registration expires.

If you have provisional or limited registration you can only renew your registration a limited number of times; with provisional registration you can renew twice, and with limited registration you can renew three times.

Once you have renewed the maximum times allowable, you must submit a new application for registration to stay on the public register. To ensure you stay on the public register your new application must be approved before your current provision or limited registration expires.

Make sure your contact details are up to date so that your renewal reminder is sent to the right online or physical address.

You can update your details using online services or by contacting our Customer Service team.

You will be sent an email confirming that your registration has been renewed or advising that it requires further assessment. If your renewal requires further assessment, once we’ve had a chance to review your application someone will be in touch if there’s anything more that we need.

You can also check your details on the public register about an hour after you submit your application. If your expiry date has been updated, this means your renewal is finalised.

For practitioners with general, specialist, provisional or limited registration you can continue to practise if your name is on the public register, even if your registration expiry date has passed.

 

Renewal fees and payment FAQs

There is an annual renewal fee for registration. Click through to your National Board’s fee schedule for the costs of annual renewal and registration.

These fees have been set at a level that enables your National Board to effectively regulate your profession in Australia and meet its legal responsibilities under the National Law.

If you submit your application to renew in the one-month late period, you will be charged a late payment fee. The fee recognises the additional costs of managing late renewals and is payable on top of the annual renewal fee.

You can pay by credit/debit card. If you do not have a credit/debit card you can purchase a pre-paid debit card from various retail outlets for a nominal fee.

Please note that from 1 October 2021, BPAY® will no longer be available as a method for payment.


If you are experiencing financial hardship, you can pay your renewal fee in two instalments.

You’re considered to be in financial hardship when unable to provide the following for yourself, your family, or other dependents:

  • food
  • accommodation
  • clothing
  • medical treatment
  • education, and/ or
  • other basic necessities.

You must apply for consideration of financial hardship, and receive the outcome of your application from us, before you apply for renewal of registration. We can’t consider an application for financial hardship after you have applied for renewal.

Your application for financial hardship needs to be submitted no later than 15 working days before the expiry of your registration.

You can find information on eligibility and how to apply on the consideration of financial hardship page.

All health professionals, except paramedics, can download a tax receipt from Ahpra’s online services.

Paramedics, you will receive a tax invoice via email when you submit your renewal application.

 

Making changes to your registration at renewal FAQs

Log in to online service, select renew registration, click on ‘opt to not renew’, hit next and follow the prompts to confirm you're not renewing.

In order to ensure that everyone who intends to keep practising is reminded to renew, Ahpra will continue to send reminders to practitioners who haven't:

  • lodged an application for renewal of registration, or
  • opted ‘not to renew’.

If you do not renew your registration, you will receive a letter after the late period confirming that your registration has lapsed. Your name will be removed from the public register and you will not be able to practise your profession in Australia. If you want to resume practice in the future, you will need to lodge a new application for registration.


Renew your registration by its expiry date to avoid paying a late fee. There is a one-month late period after your registration expiry date during which you can apply to renew. If Ahpra receives your application before the end of the one-month late period, you will remain registered and be able to practise within the scope of your registration. If you submit your application to renew in the one-month late period, you will be charged a late payment fee.

If you do not renew your registration within the one-month late period, your registration will lapse.

Check the public register of practitioners if you are unsure of when your registration expires.

If you do not renew your registration by the expiry date or in the following one-month late period, your registration will lapse. Once your registration has lapsed, your name will be removed from the public register in accordance with the National Law and you will not be able to use your profession’s protected title or otherwise hold yourself out as a registered health practitioner in Australia. You will also be required to lodge a completely new application for registration if you seek to resume practice in the future.

If you have general or specialist registration and wish to keep practising, you can submit a fast track application for registration. You must submit your application in the four weeks after your registration lapses. If you submit a fast track application, you cannot practise until your application is assessed and your registration details appear on the public register.

Fast track application forms will be available on your National Board website or by phoning the Customer Service Team on 1300 419 495 during July for nurses and midwives, November for medical practitioners and January for all other professions. A fast track application fee is payable in addition to the annual renewal fee.

If you have provisional or limited registration and your registration lapses, you must submit a new application for registration.

It is a requirement of the National Law that the suburb and postcode of a registrant’s principal place of practice is published on the public register. If this is a serious risk to your health and safety you can apply to your National Board to have your principal place of practice or any other information excluded from the public register. All applications are considered on a case-by-case basis.

 

Accessing and tracking your application FAQs

You will need your Ahpra User ID to login.

Your Ahpra User ID is either a 10-digit number or your email address. It will be included in the registration renewal reminders we send you. Your Ahpra User ID is different to your registration number.

Update your email

We need your current email so we can send you renewal reminders.

How to guide: Update your email (693 KB,PDF)

Your Ahpra User ID (either a 10-digit number or email address) will be included in the registration renewal reminders sent to you by Ahpra. Your Ahpra User ID is not your registration number.

Alternatively, you can complete an online enquiry form and select ‘Online Access’ as the category type.

Forgotten password

If you have forgotten your password, you can:

  • Reset it online, or
  • Phone Ahpra on 1300 419 195.

How to guide: How to change your password (494 KB,PDF)

If you’re still having trouble logging in, you can complete an online enquiry form and select ‘Online Access’ as the category type or call us on 1300 419 495 (within Australia).

All health professionals, except paramedics: You can check the status of your renewal application to see if we have received your application and find out which stage it is in.

Paramedics: You can check the status of your renewal application using the application tracker in your online services account.

If your application has been received, you can continue to practise while your renewal application is assessed, even if this extends past your registration expiry date.

You can download a certificate from Ahpra’s online services after you’ve renewed.

If a practitioner or employer wants to check someone’s registration details the safest and most up-to-date way to do so is via the public register which is updated every day.

Check your details on the public register are correct and use the secure online services for practitioners to make sure Ahpra has your current contact information, including the right email address and mobile phone number. Please ensure that Ahpra has your most up to date contact details so you receive renewal reminders.

  • Lodge an online enquiry on the Ahpra website (we aim to respond within 2 business days)
  • Call 1300 419 495 (within Australia) +61 3 9285 3010 (overseas callers).
 

Registration standards and requirements

All registered health practitioners must declare that they meet the Board’s registration standards including professional indemnity insurance, recency of practice and continuing professional development when they renew their registration. You also need to tell us if there's been any change to your criminal history since your last declaration.

You should make sure you understand the requirements of these standards before you attempt to renew your registration.

Click through to see your Board's registration standards.

You only need to declare an impairment – which means a condition which is likely to detrimentally affect your practice. Most health issues are not impairments.

You do not need to declare well managed health conditions that do not affect your practice. For example, you don’t need to tell us about needing prescription glasses or taking time off work for a short-term illness or injury.

If you do have an impairment you need to tell us about, we need to know what you are doing to manage that impairment. You should provide documents outlining your current diagnosis and/or treatment plan and a statement from your treating health practitioner confirming your current fitness to practise.


When you renew your registration, you will be asked if there have been any changes to your criminal history. This means you need to declare any criminal charges or convictions you have not already declared. The Board will consider any declaration against the criteria set out in the criminal history registration standard. When requested, you will need to provide additional information about any new criminal history matters.

If you are audited, a criminal history check will be carried out to verify your declaration.

You should understand what professional indemnity insurance arrangements you need to have in place and what it means to practise your profession.

When you renew your registration, you will be asked to answer questions in relation to professional indemnity insurance arrangements. First, you will be asked to declare whether you have practised in the preceding period of registration without the required professional indemnity insurance arrangements in place as described in the professional indemnity insurance registration standard. You will also be asked to declare that if your registration is renewed you will not practise without having the required professional indemnity insurance arrangements in place.

If you are audited, you will need to be able to prove you had appropriate professional indemnity insurance arrangements in place for all the time you practised as a health practitioner in the preceding period, e.g. provide a certificate of currency.

More information on your professional indemnity insurance arrangements is available via your Board’s website below.

You will be asked to declare if you meet your Board’s recency requirements. This means declaring that you have worked the required minimum practice hours.

If you are audited you will be required to provide evidence of what you’ve done to meet the requirements, e.g. pay slips, letter(s) from employer(s).

More information on your recency of practice requirements is available via your Board’s website below.

You will be asked to declare that you meet your Board’s continuing professional development (CPD) requirements, including the minimum number of hours for your profession and any other specific requirements in the previous registration period.

If you are audited you will need to provide evidence of the completed activities for example receipts of attendance, notes etc or an equivalent portfolio of information to prove that you have met the requirements of the standard.

Find out your Board’s specific CPD requirements, including minimum hours, below.

This information applies to practitioners for the 13 Boards due to renew their registration by end of November 2021.

The National Boards expect you to make reasonable efforts to complete your required CPD. However, we understand that some practitioners may have had trouble fully meeting CPD, particularly any face to face requirements, due to the impacts of COVID-19. Continuing professional development is important as it helps maintain competence and supports safe and effective care.

Your Board will not take action if you have not been able to complete CPD for the 2021 registration period due to the exceptional circumstances of COVID-19 and you declare on your renewal application that you have not met the CPD Registration standard.

It’s important that you answer all questions honestly and accurately when completing your registration renewal and declare that you have not met the CPD requirements if that is the case. If you declare that you did not meet the CPD Registration standard your Board may request evidence in the future of what you have done to address any identified gaps in your CPD learning needs such as any interactive or face to face CPD requirements.

Given the importance of CPD and the increasing availability of flexible and COVID-safe CPD options, you will be expected to fully meet CPD requirements in future and when renewing in 2022.

There are many flexible-delivery and COVID safe options for CPD and interactive CPD can be completed virtually. COVID-related learning activities can be counted towards CPD.

If you have not met the CPD requirements due to the impacts of COVID-19 you should update your CPD plan to explain how you will address any resulting learning needs, such as your face to face or interactive requirements, in the next registration period. The Board expects you to access any specific training requirements as soon as you are able e.g. by scheduling face to face requirements when available.

For chiropractors there is more information on the Chiropractic Board of Australia's renewal for chiropractors FAQ page.


 
 
 
Page reviewed 5/10/2021