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National registration: AHPRA advises

For those doctors who have not renewed their registration by the due date the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency has the following advice about fast track renewal applications. “Individual practitioners are responsible for renewing their registration on time each year, with the vast majority of health practitioners completing this on time.

21 Feb 2011

For those doctors who have not renewed their registration by the due date the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency has the following advice about fast track renewal applications.

“Individual practitioners are responsible for renewing their registration on time each year, with the vast majority of health practitioners completing this on time.

“Practitioners who were due to renew their registration are able to practise in a one-month ‘late period’ after their registration expiry date. However, they must renew within one month of their expiry date or they will lose their registration and the right to practise their profession.

“Under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act (the National Law), once the ‘late period’ ends, registration lapses and AHPRA must remove practitioners from the National Register.

“AHPRA has no discretion about this. Lapsed registrants may not practise in Australia without making a new application for registration.

“Each year, five to ten per cent of practitioners do not to renew their registration for a range of reasons (for example, retirement, parental leave, overseas travel or study).

“New national registration standards designed to protect the public such as Recency of Practice may also have increased the number of practitioners who have opted out of practice. Recent experience has shown that the number of practitioners whose registration has lapsed compares favourably to previous years.

“Some practitioners who intend to practise do not renew on time. Under the National Law, practitioners who have not renewed their registration within one month of the expiry date lose their registration and must reapply. AHPRA and the National Boards have no discretion under the Law to return any practitioner to the Register, unless the practitioner applies to be registered again.”

Fast Track Renewals

Health practitioners who did not apply to renew their general or specialist registration by the end of the ‘late period’ and who wish to practise their profession can apply for registration using AHPRA’s online enquiry form to request a fast track application form.

“Once the completed application is received, AHPRA processes most applications within 48 hours.”

To use the Fast Track process, practitioners must use the online enquiry form to select ‘fast track application’, and request a fast track application form. They should then complete and mail the form to AHPRA (or attend the State or Territory office to deliver it personally) and make the relevant declarations about Recency of Practice and Continuing Professional Development.

For more information, the contact details for AHPRA are (phone) 1300 419 495, (surface mail) G.P.O. Box 9958, Melbourne Vic 3001 and (Web) www.ahpra.gov.a


Published: 21 Feb 2011