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The following frequently asked questions (FAQ) answer common queries that you might have about registration renewal. If this information does not provide you with what you are looking for, please contact our Customer Service Team on 1300 419 495 .
You are due to renew your registration with the National Board annually by 31 May, as are nearly 354,400 nurses and midwives with general or non-practising registration.
Look out for a reminder to renew from AHPRA as confirmation that online renewal is open. You will get email reminders several times during the renewal period, so check that AHPRA has your current contact details. Be sure to check the national register to confirm your registration details.
Yes, you are required to provide your residential address. This information is not shown on the national register.
AHPRA, on behalf of the National Board, needs your residential address to help in processing domestic criminal history checks and so that AHPRA is able to contact you, particularly if you are randomly selected for an audit.
A series of email reminders will also be sent throughout the renewal campaign. AHPRA needs to be able to contact you by post if an email reminder bounces back undelivered.
Yes, you need to renew by 31 May - unless you are a new graduate and are registering within weeks of 31 May.
Registration is renewed annually by 31 May regardless of how long you were registered during the previous 12 months. The National Law states that the period of a practitioner’s registration can be for no more than 12 months. Hence, a national annual renewal date was set.
If you are a graduate who registered within two months prior to the 31 May annual renewal date you are registered to practise until 31 May of the following year. Check the national register if you are not sure when your registration is due for renewal.
As a nurse and/or midwife in Australia, you must meet National Board registration standards when renewing your registration. These registration standards include criminal history, professional indemnity insurance, recency of practice and continuing professional development (CPD).
As of 4 February 2015, a new process applies for checking criminal history outside of Australia. For more information, please refer to the International criminal history page on the AHPRA website.
The National Board expects you to declare on your registration renewal form that you have met the requirements set out in the registration standards and as they apply respectively to the nursing and midwifery professions.
Before making any declarations, you must read the National Board requirements for renewal of registration, particularly regarding recency of practice, continuing professional development (CPD) and professional indemnity insurance (PII) arrangements.
No, as a person holding registration as both a nurse and a midwife, you are required to make separate recency of practice declarations for each profession at the time of registration renewal. This is to ensure competence in both professions within the preceding five years.
If you are seeking to renew your registration as a registered nurse and registered midwife, you must be able to demonstrate that you meet the competency standards required for a nurse and a midwife, as well as meet the registration standards as both a nurse and a midwife.
If you are applying to renew dual registration, carefully consider what evidence you are able to provide to meet the relevant competency and registration standards for each profession.
There may be common elements of work and education applicable to nursing and midwifery that you can submit as evidence when applying for dual registration.
Across the states and territories, a number of nurses with sole qualifications in the fields of mental health, paediatrics or disability nursing transitioned into the National Scheme with variations in the way this information was published on the national register.
The National Board has addressed this issue so now there is consistency in the type of registration held by nurses with similar qualifications who work in these three fields of nursing. If you transitioned and this applies to your registration, then you are now registered with general registration with the respective notation of:
- ‘solely qualified in the area of mental health nursing’
- ‘solely qualified in the area of paediatric nursing’, or
- ‘solely qualified in the area of disability nursing’.
This change affects some nurses who hold general registration or general registration with a condition; some internationally qualified nurses; and all nurses with limited registration. Further information is available under Endorsements and Notations on the National Board’s website.
Renewing your registration online using your AHPRA user ID and password is quick and easy. Last year more than 95 per cent of nurses and midwives renewed online and on time. If you experience any difficulties, please phone the Customer Service Team on 1300 419 495 and a team member will talk you through the process.
Your user ID will be included in the registration renewal reminders you will receive from AHPRA. Alternatively, you can complete an online enquiry form and select ‘Online Access’ as the category type. You can get a new password by entering your user ID on our Reset your Password page.
See the fees schedule for costs of annual renewal and registration. There is an annual renewal fee for 12 months of registration. As a nurse and/or midwife, the fees that you pay are the lowest of all registration renewal fees for health professionals in the National Scheme. These fees have been set at a level that enables the National Board to effectively regulate nurses and midwives in Australia and meet its legal responsibilities under the National Law.
If you submit your application to renew in the one-month late period after 31 May, you will be charged a late payment fee. The fee recognises the additional costs of managing late renewals and is payable on top of the annual renewal fee.
Yes. It is a requirement of the National Law that the suburb and postcode of your principal place of practice is published on the national register. A form is available if you believe that publishing information about you on the public register would pose a serious risk to your health or safety as a nurse or midwife. The National Board will consider each application individually.
You can choose the online option ‘not to renew’ or ignore future reminder notices. In order to ensure that everyone who intends to keep practising is reminded to renew, AHPRA will continue to send reminders to nurses and midwives who:
- haven’t lodged an application for renewal of registration, or
- don’t opt online ‘not to renew’.
If you do not renew your registration, you will receive a letter after the late period confirming that your registration has lapsed. Your name will be removed from the national register and you will not be able to practise nursing and/or midwifery in Australia. If you want to resume practice in the future you will be required to lodge a new application for registration.
Once your application is processed, your details will be updated on the national register. About one month later, AHPRA will send you a receipt, an A5 size certificate and a pop out wallet-sized card. There is also an online service so you can print out a current copy of your registration certificate should an employer need it before the A5 size hard copy certificate arrives.
You have a one-month late period after the registration expiry date during which you can apply to renew (by 30 June), under the National Law.
If AHPRA receives your application before the end of the one-month late period, you will remain registered and be able to practise within the scope of your registration. Your listing on the national register will be updated when processing of your application is complete.
If AHPRA receives your application during the one-month late period, you will incur a late payment fee. This applies to all nurses and midwives who do not renew by the registration expiry date (31 May) and apply in June.
Your registration will lapse if you do not renew within one month of your registration expiry date. Your name will be removed from the national register under the National Law and you will not be able to practise.
If you wish to keep practising you must submit a fast track application for registration. Fast track application forms will be available on the National Board website or by phoning the Customer Service Team on 1300 419 495 during July.
If submitting a fast track application, you cannot practise until your application is processed and your registration details are updated on the national register.
Yes. A fast track application fee is payable in addition to the annual renewal fee. You must submit your application in the four weeks after your registration lapses if you wish to keep practising.