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
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.