17 May 2019
Nurses and midwives are reminded to renew their registration by 31 May 2019 to avoid paying a late fee.
More than 411,000 nurses and/or midwives with general or non-practising registration are due to renew their registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) by 31 May 2019.
NMBA Chair, Associate Professor Lynette Cusack RN, encouraged nurses and midwives to make sure they renew on time.
‘More than 49 per cent per cent have already renewed registration, with almost everyone doing so online,’ she said.
‘Being registered with the NMBA lets people in your care know that you’re qualified and competent to practise. It’s a matter of public safety.
‘Registered and enrolled nurses, midwives and nurse practitioners should renew before the end of May to avoid a late fee.’
Nurses and midwives logging in to renew online need to ensure they tick the ‘I’m not a robot’ box on the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) website to access online renewal. This extra step means you can have greater confidence in the security of our online services.
Those who haven’t received a reminder to renew should update their contact details using online services or phone AHPRA on 1300 419 495.
As outlined in the National Law, applications for renewal of registration that are received after the registration expiry date will incur a late payment fee in addition to the annual renewal fee.
If you do not renew your registration by 31 May 2019, or within the following one-month late period, your registration will lapse. Your name will be removed from the national Register of Nurses and Midwives and you will not be able to practise without making a new application for registration.
Once your application to renew registration is received, you can continue practising while the application is processed, even if this work is not completed until after 31 May.
Remember, your listing on the national register is evidence to current and prospective employers that you are registered to practise as a nurse and/or midwife.
If you have submitted your application you can find out if it has been received using the online service at AHPRA – Renewal received confirmation.
Last year nurses and midwives were informed that paper certificates will no longer be mailed after you renew your registration from 2019. This further encourages the use of the online Register of Nurses and Midwives, which is updated daily.
The online register is the safest and most up-to-date way for nurses, midwives and employers to check their registration. If required, you will be able to print a certificate from the online portal in the registration renewal area of the website.
The following pages on the NMBA website contain useful information for nurses and midwives, and their employers: