14 Sep 2021
The Optometry Board of Australia (the Board) has announced the national registration fee for Optometry for 2021-22.
The Board has increased the registration fee for optometry by 3% indexation to $327.
The fee for practitioners whose principal place of practice is New South Wales is $3231.
A full fee schedule, including the fee arrangements for practitioners whose principal place of practice is NSW, is published on the Board’s website.
The Board’s decision to increase the fee by indexation for the 2021/22 period ensures the Board has sufficient income to allow it to carry out its duties and protect the public.
The Board is committed to keeping the fee as low as possible, while meeting its regulatory obligations to protect the public.
The Board acknowledges that this continues to be a challenging time for health practitioners and sincerely thanks practitioners for their important role in keeping the community safe and healthy.
Ahpra and the Board recognise the effect that the lockdowns may have had on practitioners’ practise. The Board has put in place a registration and renewal fee payment plan for any practitioners who are experiencing financial hardship. To read more about the payment plan, see the consideration of financial hardship page.
Practitioner registration fees fund the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme and support the Board’s continuing efforts to support and develop a safe and mobile Australian workforce for registered health practitioners and the public in the most efficient way possible.
Registration fees also allow the Board to facilitate the provision of high-quality education and training for practitioners.
1NSW is a co-regulatory jurisdiction.