What Happens Next? FAQ

Frequently asked questions

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How will I know if my application has been received?

When AHPRA receives your application AND all your supporting documentation, your application will be assigned to a registration officer for processing. Make sure you have provided a valid email address with your application, as AHPRA will send you an email confirming that we have received your application and your supporting documentation that you need to provide to complete your application. During the end of year graduate period (November – January) this process may take a few weeks before you will receive an email about your application from AHPRA. When AHPRA needs further information, we will contact you.

What if my residential address has changed from what I listed on my application?

Please complete and mail to AHPRA as soon as possible the form, Request to change of address details – CHPD-00, which can be found under Common application forms.

What will AHPRA do when they receive my application?

After receiving your application and all required supporting documentation, AHPRA will:

  • begin the assessment of your application
  • conduct an Australian criminal history check through an external organisation*
  • verify your identity and the supporting documentation supplied by you
  • await confirmation from your education provider of your successful completion of your course.

*Note: Your application will be significantly delayed if you do not declare your criminal history in your application and a criminal history is found during the screening process.

After you successfully complete your course:

  • AHPRA will obtain a certified list directly from your education provider confirming the names of students who have successfully completed the course.
  • If your education provider confirms you have successfully completed your course and you meet all registration standards and requirements, AHPRA will finalise your registration, send you an email confirming that you are registered.
  • Your name will be published on the register of practitioners and, in due course, you will receive a hard copy Certificate of Registration by post.
  • You are registered and entitled to practise when your name is published on the Register of Practitioners.

Can I contact AHPRA to confirm that my name is on a graduate list?

During the peak application period between November and January, AHPRA will be receiving graduate lists from over 500 Australian education providers for over 25,000 students. Processing of graduate lists can take up to 5 business days. You are not required to check if your list has been received. AHPRA will be in contact with you when your assessment has been complete.

How long will it take to process my application?

The assessment process for registration takes time, due to the requirements for criminal history check and other assessment criteria. The exact time it takes varies depending on the following factors:

  • Have you provided all the information and supporting documentation that AHPRA needs? Your application will take longer to process if it is not complete and correct
  • Have you made any disclosures (e.g. criminal history)? Your application may take longer because your profession’s National Board needs time to consider your circumstances
  • Have you applied for provisional registration in which you must be supervised? Your application may take longer as your profession’s National Board will need to approve your supervision arrangements
  • Have you applied during a peak registration period? From time to time, AHPRA receives a large volume of registration requests (e.g. graduated students who are starting work, practitioners renewing their registration). During these times AHPRA may take more time to process your application.

If AHPRA needs further information for your application, we will contact you. 

Will my application be processed in time if I have a pending job offer?

AHPRA will do its best but is unable to guarantee that your application will be processed and registration confirmed by your preferred date. Applications are processed in order of date received and completeness.

Circumstances such as a pending job offer with a start date will require the submission of a certified copy of the original letter of offer, on letterhead, for a preferred date of registration. This submission does not guarantee that your application will be completed before the noted preferred date.

Each application is assessed on its own merits. See, ‘How long will it take to process my application?’, for other factors that affect the processing of applications for registration

Page reviewed 3/10/2017