What are Graduate Applications? FAQ

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What are graduate applications?

Graduates seeking to work as health practitioners in Australia must be registered before joining the workforce and practising in the profession. Students who are about to complete National Board-approved programs of study can apply for health practitioner registration four to six weeks before completing their course. AHPRA has put in place systems to make registration for graduates as streamlined as possible, by accepting online applications from students graduating mid-year or at the end of the year.

Three steps to apply for registration:

  1. Create your AHPRA account. 
  2. Complete your online application and upload your supporting documents.
  3. Pay and submit your application.

Your application for registration will be assessed while we wait for your education provider to advise us that you are eligible to graduate. AHPRA will contact you if more information is needed and/or to confirm your registration.

New graduates registered with their profession’s National Board are eligible to start work as soon as their name is published on the national register.

Why apply early?

Processing applications for registration takes time and AHPRA is aiming to smooth the path from study to work for new graduates. By applying for registration four to six weeks before completing your course, you will help AHPRA to register you as a health practitioner soon as possible after your education provider advises us that you have successfully completed your course requirements. As soon as you are registered, your name will be published on the national Register of Practitioners and you will be eligible to start work.

Who can apply?

All students in regulated health professions who have completed or will be completing an approved program of study within six weeks and who are expecting to join the Australian health practitioner workforce when they graduate or soon after can apply for registration.

Note: The name on your application for registration must match the student name for approved course completion provided to AHPRA by your education provider. If your name has changed after enrolling in an approved program of study you must contact the education provider to update these details.

When can I apply?

AHPRA is recommending that students apply for registration at least four to six weeks before the end of their course.

How can I apply?

Online applications are open to students completing an approved program of study mid-year or at the end of the year and who are applying for registration in ONE of the following professions:  

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heath practice
  • Chinese medicine
  • Chiropractic
  • Dental
  • Medical
  • Medical radiation practice
  • Midwifery
  • Nursing
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Optometry
  • Osteopathy
  • Pharmacy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Podiatry
  • Psychology

To apply online go to Graduate Applications.

Note: You will need a Visa or MasterCard credit or debit card to apply online

Note: If you are an enrolled nurse who is due to complete an approved program of study that will qualify you for registration as a registered nurse or midwife apply via AHPRA’s online services portal using your User ID to log in. Individuals who hold provisional registration with the Medical Board of Australia or the Pharmacy Board of Australia, and who have completed all requirements to be eligible to apply for general registration, can also apply for registration via online services.

I completed my course. What do I do?

You can apply online up to six months after completing your course. If you completed your course over six months ago, please see the Forms page of your profession’s National Board website and choose the appropriate form for your circumstances.

Page reviewed 29/12/2017