Registration Renewal

Response to COVID-19

The Medical Board (the Board) and Ahpra are working with government, health services and others to support the registered health workforce during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Visit the Ahpra website for the latest COVID-19 updates.

Important update on CPD requirements

The Board encourages you to continue to do CPD that is relevant to your scope of practice. However, we know that many practitioners’ plans for CPD in 2020 were disrupted by COVID-19. The Board will not take action against any doctor who has not been able to complete their CPD activities this year as a result of COVID-19.

The Board’s decision applies to the CPD doctors are expected to do in 2020, and to their declaration in the year that covers 2020 CPD. If you have general registration, this will be the declaration you make when you renew your registration in 2020. If you have specialist registration, it may be related to the declaration you make in subsequent years, about the 2020 CPD year.

We will be keeping a close watch to determine whether the 2021 renewal year is affected.

What you need to do:

  • do CPD relevant to your scope of practice if you can
  • when you make your declaration about CPD when you renew your registration in 2020, be honest. Indicate if you did or didn’t meet the standard. If you didn’t meet the standard, give the reasons. The Board will not take action if you didn’t meet the standard, as a result of COVID-19.

Financial hardship payment plan

The Board and Ahpra have made a payment plan available for renewing medical practitioners experiencing genuine financial hardship due to COVID-19 in 2020. Applications for the payment plan closed on 17 September 2020.

Watch this short video to learn how to renew your registration online.

The registration renewal date for medical practitioners with general, specialist or non-practising registration is 30 September. The registration renewal date for practitioners with limited or provisional registration is determined on a case by case basis.

The Board can grant up to 12 months registration. You can check your registration details and expiry date on the national register.

The online register is updated every day and is the safest and most up-to-date way for a practitioner or an employer to check someone's registration details. Paper registration certificates will no longer be mailed out, if needed, you can print a copy from the online portal, the same place you renew your registration. You can also access your tax invoice here.

Make sure your contact details provided to AHPRA, including email, are current as you will be sent reminders when your registration is due. Look for these reminders from AHPRA as confirmation that online renewal is open. After receiving your reminder, go to the AHPRA login page.

See fees for cost of annual renewal, including the late payment fee for renewal applications received during October.

If you do not renew your registration by 30 September, or within the one month late period, your name will be removed from the national register and your registration will lapse in accordance with the National Law.

If you wish to keep practising and do not renew registration by 31 October you must submit a fast track application for registration. Fast track application forms are available on the Board website or by phoning the Customer Service Team on 1300 419 495 during November.

If submitting a fast track application, you cannot practise until your application is processed and your registration details are updated on the national register. 

Type of registration
Period of registration
Expiry Date
General registration
Initial registration – up to an expiry date of 30 September

Renewal of registration – 12 months
30 September
Specialist registration
Initial registration – up to an expiry date of 30 September
Renewal of registration – 12 months
30 September
Provisional registration
12 months
Anniversary of 12 months
Limited registration for postgraduate training and supervised practice Up to 12 months – to be determined by delegate
At the expiry date as determined by the delegate
Limited registration for area of need Up to 12 months – to be determined by delegate
At the expiry date as determined by the delegate
Limited registration in public interest Up to 12 months – to be determined by delegate
At the expiry date as determined by the delegate
Limited registration for teaching or research
Up to 12 months – to be determined by delegate
At the expiry date as determined by the delegate
Non-practising registration
Initial registration – up to an expiry date of 30 September 30 September
 
 
Page reviewed 18/09/2020