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Fees

Registration fees fund the work of Ahpra and the Medical Board of Australia (MBA) to keep the public safe. Each Board in the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme is responsible for meeting the full cost of regulating their profession, as there are no government or other subsidies to support this vital role.

Medical registration and application fees fund:

  • managing applications for registration, including complex applications from internationally qualified practitioners
  • developing professional standards that guide the profession and set expectations
  • accrediting programs of study that lead to registration and endorsement, and contributing to the funding of accreditation of intern training positions via the Australian Medical Council and the state-based intern training accreditation authorities
  • investigating and managing concerns about registered health practitioners, including taking immediate action and referring matters to tribunals
  • criminal prosecutions for breaches in advertising and use of title
  • funding the work of the Health Ombudsman in Queensland
  • maintaining the public register
  • funding practitioner health services, and
  • funding the National Health Practitioner Ombudsman.

Fee changes

In 2022/23 the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency and the MBA introduced a new model for allocating costs which reflects the actual complexity, volume, and time involved in medical regulation. The new model draws on more complete data and is based on independent financial advice.

Registration renewal fees

Since the National Scheme began in 2010, the MBA has kept registration renewal fees steady, limiting increases each year. Regrettably, more complete data shows that a small increase would not cover the actual cost of regulating the profession. Compounding factors that have increased regulatory costs in the last year include higher inflation, escalating numbers of notifications, more high-risk matters, cosmetic surgery reforms, stronger management of sexual boundary violations and the added costs of responding to Ministerial directions (eg the regulatory implications of increasing Australia’s health workforce safely).

To cover the cost of regulation, from 9 August 2023, the registration renewal fee for medical practitioners outside NSW will increase from $860 to $995 per year.

We recognise that this increase is coming at a tough time for many doctors, but without any government funding, we have no other option to pay for regulation.

Application fees

Assessing applications for registration for medical practitioners is the first line of defence in protecting the public from unqualified, unethical and incompetent practitioners. It is also labour-intensive and costly. Historically, the MBA has shared the cost burden of managing applications for registration across the profession, so it was carried by doctors in all stages of their careers. The registration application process has been free for local graduate applicants and heavily subsidised for international medical graduates (IMGs).

More complete data about the actual costs of regulation, along with the increased workload involved in managing a larger volume of applications for medical registration (domestic and international), has made it clear that it is financially unsustainable for the Board to continue to subsidise application fees.

On 1 July 2023, the MBA adjusted some application fees to align more closely to the cost of managing them.

From 11 September the application fees for international medical graduates and general registration will also be adjusted.

We regret that these increases are unavoidable.

Medical Board of Australia

Schedule of fees effective 11 September 2023

Item National fee ($) Rebate or surcharge for NSW registrant ($) Fee for registrants with principal place of practice in NSW ($)
Application fee for general registration*

1,500

0

1,500

Application fee for specialist registration*

1,500

0

1,500

Application fee for provisional registration for Australian and New Zealand graduates*

300

0

300

Application fee for provisional registration for international medical graduates (graduates outside Australia and New Zealand)* 698 0 698
Application fee for general registration after converting from provisional registration*

490

0

490

Application fee for limited registration*

1,020

0

1,020

Application fee for non-practising registration*

300

0

300

Application fee for endorsement of registration

300

0

300

Application fee for fast track application*

200

0

200

Application fee to add specialist registration to current general registration

490

0

490

Application fee to add general registration to current specialist registration

490

0

490

Application fee to add another specialist registration to current specialist registration 490 0 490
Registration fee for general registration

995

65

930

Registration fee for specialist registration (for practitioners who do not hold general registration)

995

65

 930

Registration fee for limited registration

995

65

930

Registration fee for provisional registration

490

11

479

Registration fee for non-practising registration

192

(11)

203

Registration fee for general registration (teaching and assessing)

192

(11)

203

Late renewal fee for general registration

30

0

30

Late renewal fee for specialist registration

30

0

30

Late renewal fee for limited registration

30

0

30

Late renewal fee for provisional registration

30

0

30

Late renewal fee for non-practising registration

5

0

5

Late renewal fee for general registration (teaching and assessing)

30

0

30

Replacement registration certificate

20

0

20

Verification of registration status (Certificate of Registration Status)

50

0

50

*Payment of both an application fee and a registration fee is required at the time of application.

Please note that:

There are no fees for the registration of students.  

  • There is no application fee to change registration type to ‘non-practising’.   
  • Only one fee for annual renewal of registration applies to general registrants and specialists. A medical practitioner who holds both general registration and specialist registration is required to pay only the fee for annual renewal of general registration.  
  • Medical practitioners with general and specialist registration are only required to pay one late renewal fee.
  • Individuals who are required to apply for an international criminal history check from an approved supplier, will be responsible for the cost of the check.

 

 
 
Page reviewed 5/10/2023