28 Sep 2015
Online renewal of registration is now open for optometrists registered in Australia.
Optometrists who are due to renew their general or non-practising registration with the Optometry Board of Australia (the Board) by 30 November can apply online now.
Earlier this month the Board announced that it had reduced the fee by $40 for the registration period from 1 December 2015 to 30 November 2016. Fees can be confirmed on the Board’s website.
The National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (the National Scheme) is funded by practitioners’ registration fees and there is no cross subsidisation between professions.
A series of reminders to renew are being sent to practitioners by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), on behalf of the Board. The email reminders include a link to online renewal.
Board Chair Ian Bluntish hoped optometrists had acted on the Board’s earlier call to update their contact details.
‘Under the National Law1, registered health practitioners are responsible for renewing their registration on time each year. So make sure AHPRA has your current contact information so you don’t miss future email and hard copy reminders to renew,’ Mr Bluntish said.
Last year 97.6 per cent of all health practitioner registration renewals due by 30 November (12 professions) were submitted online, an increase of 1.3 per cent.
Useful information for optometrists is on the Board’s website:
1The Health Practitioner Regulation National Law, as in force in each state and territory