08 Apr 2021
Nurses and midwives have until 31 May 2021 to renew their registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA).
Registered nurses, enrolled nurses, midwives and nurse practitioners - look out for an email from the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Ahpra) inviting you to renew online. You’re encouraged to renew early to avoid delays – it might save you a call to Ahpra during the busy renewal period!
If you submit your application on time or during the one-month late period, you can continue to practise while your application is assessed. If you do not apply to renew before 30 June 2021, your registration will lapse, you will be removed from the national register and you will not be able to practise in Australia.
To avoid delays it’s important to renew early especially if you have something to declare, such as
To help answer your renewal declarations accurately, see the NMBA’s registration renewal page, which will help you to answer a new question on exposure-prone procedures and to find out about CPD requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Read the facts on renewal to make sure you’re ready to renew.
Each year you will also be asked about whether you have an impairment that is likely to detrimentally affect your ability to safely practise nursing and/or midwifery.
Health conditions which are safely managed so that they don't 'detrimentally affect' your ability to practise, such as needing prescription glasses or taking time off work for a fractured arm, don't need to be declared.
If you do have an impairment that you need to declare, you must tell us about it and about what you’re doing to manage it. You should provide documents outlining your current diagnosis and/or treatment plan and a statement from your treating health practitioner confirming your current fitness to practise.
If this is your first time renewing make sure you check our tips about questions that apply specifically to you.
We cover common questions on how professional indemnity insurance, recency of practice and changes to criminal history apply to you at first time renewal.
The following pages on the NMBA website contain useful information for nurses and midwives, and their employers: