12 Jul 2010
Statement from AHPRA
Each year there are approximately 3% of practitioners who, although intending to practice, do not renew their registration. To address the risk that these registrants would not transition safely, the Queensland Government amended current registration Acts to extend the renewal period for this year to 1 July 2010.
The effect of this amendment to the Acts is that all practitioners who held registration to 30 June 2010 and who did not renew registration before that date have been transitioned to registration under the National Scheme for the period to 31 July 2010. This one month ‘grace’ period will enable un-financial registrants to continue to practise while renewing their registration under the new National Law.
The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency is writing to all un-financial registrants in early July 2010 to advise that:
if they intend to practise after 31 July 2010, they will be required to apply for renewal of registration prior to that date either online or through a paper-based application;
until 31 July, they remain legally registered and are entitled to practise their profession;
their name and details will continue to be published on the publicly available national register which will also reflect that their registration remains current until 31 July 2010; and
if applying for renewal, they will have to pay the new national registration fee and meet the requirements for declarations in regard to suitability to practise, such as criminal history, impairment, professional indemnity insurance, CPD and recency of practice.