Dental practitioners have a couple of days to renew their registration with the Dental Board of Australia to avoid paying a late fee.
About 20,300 dental practitioners with general, specialist or non-practising registration are due to renew registration by 30 November.
The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), on behalf of the Dental Board of Australia, is sending registered practitioners a series of email and hard copy reminders to renew. Anyone who hasn’t received a reminder to renew should phone AHPRA on 1300 419 495.
Online renewal of registration to practise in Australia is possible for dental practitioners, and back in September the Dental Board announced that about 20,300 dental practitioners who are due to renew their general, specialist or non-practising registration with the Dental Board of Australia (the Board) by 30 November can submit an online application now.
Under the National Law1, all registered health practitioners are responsible for renewing their registration on time each year. Last year more than 96.3 per cent of all health practitioner registration renewals due by 30 November (12 professions) were submitted online. An increase of 6.3 per cent.
“Online renewal is quick and easy and it’s fantastic to see an annual increase in the number of dental practitioners using this secure service,” Dental Board Chair, Dr John Lockwood AM said.
“Make sure AHPRA has your current contact information so you don’t miss future email and hard copy reminders to renew,” he said.
“Registering your email address also means you won’t miss important regulatory updates from the Board.”
Dr Lockwood reminded dental practitioners to carefully read the Board’s registration standards which specify the requirements for practice.
“You could be asked to provide information in support of your declarations so it’s important to know what the requirements are for registration to practise before you apply.”
Renewal applications received by AHPRA after the registration expiry date will incur a late payment fee in addition to the annual renewal fee. This is outlined in the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law, as in force in each state and territory (the National Law).
Dental practitioners whose application is received on time, or during the following one month late period, can continue practising while their application is processed.
Dental practitioners who do not apply to renew their registration by 31 December 2014 will have lapsed registration. They will be removed from the Register of Dental Practitioners and will not be able to practise their profession in Australia.