10 Sep 2018
The Physiotherapy Board of Australia (the Board) has announced the national registration fee for physiotherapists for 2018/19.
The Board has increased the registration fee to $140. It will cover the registration period for most practitioners of 1 December 2018 to 30 November 2019.
The fee for practitioners whose principal place of practice is New South Wales is $122.1
A full fee schedule, including the fee arrangements for practitioners whose principal place of practice is NSW, has been published on the Board’s website.
The National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (the National Scheme) is funded by practitioners’ registration fees. Despite the fee increase, this fee represents one of the lowest of the regulated health professions.
Board Chair Charles Flynn explained that registration fees are used to meet the full cost of regulating the physiotherapy profession and do not cross-subsidise other professions.
‘In 2018/19, the Board is implementing projects and initiatives designed to strengthen our processes for ensuring that only physiotherapists who are suitably trained and qualified to practise competently and ethically are registered, and to enable the continuous development of a responsive physiotherapy workforce.
‘Part of this cost is a strategic initiative which will change the assessment of notifications (complaints) process to improve efficiency. This initiative will allow earlier resolutions and result in better outcomes for the notifier and the practitioner.’
He added, ‘The Board has also joined other National Boards in investing in planned advances to AHPRA’s systems, and has increased its registration and renewal fee only enough to maintain an appropriate level of equity and to pay its share of the improvements.’
Fees support the Board in the continual development of a safe and mobile Australian workforce for health practitioners and the public in the most efficient ways possible. It also allows the Board to facilitate the provision of high quality education and training for practitioners.
1NSW is a co-regulatory jurisdiction.