20 Nov 2015
Optometrists have until 30 November to renew their registration to avoid paying a late fee.
More than 4,900 optometrists hold general or non-practising registration with the Optometry Board of Australia.
Practitioners should act on the series of email and hard copy reminders being sent to them by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), on behalf of the Board. Anyone who hasn’t received a reminder to renew should phone AHPRA on 1300 419 495.
Renewal applications received by AHPRA after the registration expiry date will incur a late payment fee in addition to the annual renewal fee. This is outlined in the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law, as in force in each state and territory (the National Law).
Optometrists whose application for renewal of general registration is received on time, or during the following one month late period, can continue practising while their application is processed.
Practitioners who do not apply to renew their registration by 31 December 2015 will have lapsed registration. They will be removed from the Register of Optometrists and will not be able to practise their profession in Australia.