Graduate Applications

Paramedic graduates should apply for registration via the Paramedicine Board of Australia's website.

What’s required for registration?

Before we can register you, we first need to make sure you are suitably trained and qualified and meet the requirements for registration in your profession. For this we need your graduate results which we receive direct from your education provider. We also need any other documents required by your National Board to prove that you’ve met their registration standards.

How long does it take to assess my application?

At the end of the academic year, we receive about 25,000 applications for registration. Our graduate team is ready to start assessing applications in October. However, as you can imagine, with this number of applications it may take a couple of weeks before your application is assigned to a registration officer. Once a registration officer has started assessing your application, they will be in contact with you if further information is required. However, it’s important to remember that we cannot finalise your application until we have received confirmation from your education provider that you are eligible to graduate. You do not need to do anything to provide your graduate results to us as they are provided directly to AHPRA by your educational provider.

Generally, it takes 14 days to assess your application once we have received all the required information – what we call a ‘complete application’.

What is a complete application?

A complete application has all the documentation required to prove you meet all the requirements for registration. This includes your graduate results, which we receive direct from your education provider. We may also require you to supply further information regarding any health impairments, criminal history or English language skills. It’s important that you provide as much information as you can when you submit your application because assessment of your application may be delayed if we need to contact you for further information.

What do I need to tell you?

Before we can register you, we need to determine whether you meet the requirements for registration as a health practitioner.

Health impairments

You need to tell us about any impairments that may affect your ability to practise.

Impairment means any physical or mental impairment, disability, condition or disorder (including substance abuse or dependence), that detrimentally affects or is likely to detrimentally affect your ability to safely practise the profession.

Having an impairment will not necessarily preclude you from practising. However, we need to know what you are doing to manage your condition. We may require current and correctly certified documentation about your diagnosis and/or treatment plan and a statement regarding your current fitness to practise from your treating health practitioner. It’s important that you provide as much information as you can about your impairment when you submit your application. Assessment of your application may be delayed if we need to contact you for further information.

Criminal history

You need to tell us about any criminal history.

Criminal history includes every:

  • conviction for an offence
  • plea of guilty or finding of guilt by a court for an offence, whether or not a conviction is recorded for the offence
  • every charge for an offence.

Under the National Law, spent convictions legislation does not apply to criminal history disclosure requirements. That means you need to supply a complete criminal history with your application irrespective of the time that has lapsed since the charge was laid or the finding of guilt was made. 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.

Your National Board will decide whether your criminal history is relevant to the practise of the profession. For further information on the factors the Board will consider in making this decision, see Consideration of Criminal History.

We conduct an Australian criminal history check on every applicant. This cost is covered in your application fee. You need to declare any criminal history on your application. If you do not, it may cause assessment of your application to be delayed and/or your application to be refused. 

If you have lived overseas for a period of six months or more as an adult you will also need to compete an international criminal history check. It is your responsibility to request and pay for your international criminal history check through an AHPRA-approved supplier. We cannot register you until we have received the results of your criminal history checks.

The results will be passed to us directly.

What about English language skills?

National Boards set requirements for English language skills to make sure all registered practitioners can provide safe care and communicate effectively in English with their patients / clients and other health practitioners.

You must meet the registration standard for English language skills set by your Board.

Proving you meet the English language skills registration standard

If you have applied for registration and meet the requirements of the primary language pathway or combined secondary and tertiary pathway (not applicable to nurses and midwives), and have completed a Board-approved program of study, you are not required to provide supporting evidence of English language skills. The online form will provide you with a table where you can enter the details of your study history. If submitting a paper form, you are required to complete the English language skills requirements form, TELG-00 - English language skills requirements form or TELG-40 - English language skills requirements form for nurses and midwives.

Detailed information about English language skills is published on each Board website, accessible via the Registration Standards page.

How do I apply?

  1. Create your account using the online services portal and complete your application
  2. Upload your documents and pay the required fees. Check that you have provided everything including certified copies of proof of identity.
  3. Wait for your education provider to provide your graduate results to AHPRA.

Once we’ve received your graduate results from your education provider and we are satisfied that you have met all the requirements for registration (we may contact you for more information at this stage), we will then finalise your application.

What happens next?

We will either register you, register you with conditions or refuse your application.

We will let you know the outcome and if registered, we will publish your name on the national register of health practitioners.

Once your name is on the national register of practitioners, you can start work as a registered health practitioner!

To help you further understand the application process and what information is needed, please read our frequently asked questions.

I have a confirmed job start date and am waiting for my registration to be finalised, what should I do?

If you have a confirmed job start date with an employer that provides clinical services to the public eg. a public hospital and you are waiting on your registration, talk to your employer first and your employer can escalate your query via their AHPRA direct contact.

It’s important to note:

  • most of our new graduate applicants will have similar employment start dates
  • we cannot finalise an incomplete application, regardless of employment start date
  • if you submit your application too close to the employment start date, we won’t have sufficient time to complete the necessary assessment against registration requirements. We need time to complete a thorough assessment prior to any decision being made. 

I’m already registered but want to apply for another registration type

As you are already registered in a profession, you may be able to apply for registration using AHPRA’s online services portal using your User ID.

This includes:

  • an enrolled nurse who is due to complete an approved program of study that will qualify you as a registered nurse or midwife
  • a pharmacy intern with provisional registration who has completed all requirements to be eligible to apply for general registration, or
  • a medical intern with provisional registration who has completed all requirements to be eligible to apply for general registration.

What do I do if I’m not able to apply online?

Our online application form asks a series of questions to ensure you are eligible to apply for registration online. If you are unable to apply online via our online services portal, you will be prompted to contact our customer service team for advice on how to apply. More information is available on our Other Graduate Application Types webpage

Page reviewed 29/08/2019