It is up to you to decide which option will best suit your circumstances.
If you wish to remain registered during a break from practice, you must continue to meet all of the registration standards and that includes doing the required amount of Continuing Professional Development (CPD), you must continue to meet the Recency of Practice (RoP) requirements and you must maintain your Professional Indemnity Insurance (PII). You must also continue to update AHPRA with any changes to your criminal history.
If you apply for non-practising registration, your name will remain on the public, online register of practitioners and you can continue to use the protected title for your profession. There is an annual non-practising registration fee which is significantly less than the full registration fee.
If you let your registration lapse, or you surrender your registration, your name will be removed from the register and you will no longer have to pay registration fees. You cannot use the protected title ‘physiotherapist’ or ‘physical therapist’.
It is important to note that it doesn’t mean that you can’t re-register after a break from practice.