21 Sep 2022
The Physiotherapy Board of Australia and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Ahpra) have announced an increase in the annual registration fee for practitioners for 2022/23.
The registration fee for physiotherapists will rise 18 per cent to $180 from 22 September.
This will cover the registration period from 1 December 2022 to 30 November 2023.
The Physiotherapy Board and 14 other national health practitioner boards (National Boards) operate on a cost-recovery basis, with registration fees used to meet the costs of regulating the professions they oversee.
The National Boards work closely with Ahpra to keep fees as low as possible while continuing to meet regulatory obligations and the expectations of the public and practitioners.
Physiotherapy Board Chair Kim Gibson says this year’s above-indexation cost increase for physiotherapy is a one-off correction.
‘Ahpra and the National Boards have introduced a new model for allocating costs for each Board in 2022/23, which better reflects the complexity, volume, and time involved in managing the regulatory activity for each profession,’ Kim says.
‘The national fee for physiotherapy will incur a one-off increase above indexation to retain adequate equity. This will be a one-off correction to meet changed volumes and to better reflect the specific requirements of regulating the physiotherapy profession.’
‘Fees for physiotherapy remain the second lowest of all registration fees for health practitioners under the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme,’ she says.
Practitioner registration fees fund the work of Ahpra and the National Boards to keep the public safe by: