The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) is reminding many health practitioners to renew their registration by the end of January or risk losing their registration – and the ability to practise in Australia.
AHPRA CEO, Martin Fletcher, said AHPRA was striving to ensure that all practitioners who want to continue practising after 1 February 2011 are registered.
“While it is up to practitioners to make sure they are registered, AHPRA is doing everything it can to support the registration renewal process,” Mr Fletcher said.
According to a press release on AHPRA’s website, practitioners who were due to renew their registration by 31 December 2010 or 1 January 2011 are now 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.
Most practitioners can renew their registration online at www.ahpra.gov.au by using the unique contact number (login ID) provided on the registration renewal notice sent to them before their registration was due. Online registration is completed within two to 48 hours, depending on method of payment chosen by the practitioner.
Practitioners who do not have their unique contact number can get it by calling 1 300 419 495 or by submitting an online enquiry form – selecting User ID as the category of enquiry. Practitioners can also mail their renewal application to AHPRA, GPO Box 9958 in their capital city.
Practitioners whose registration application has been received by AHPRA can continue to practise while their application is being processed, even if it is more than one month after their registration expiry date.
Practitioners can check that their application has been received at www.ahpra.gov.au.