The Board and Ahpra are working with government, health services and others to support the registered health workforce during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Visit the Ahpra website for the latest COVID-19 updates.
The Optometry Board of Australia (Board) expects you to make reasonable efforts to complete your required Continuing Professional Development (CPD). However, we understand that some practitioners may have had trouble fully meeting CPD requirements due to the impacts of COVID-19, particularly the interactive and CPR requirements. Continuing professional development is important as it helps maintain competence and supports safe and effective care.
The Board will not take action if you have not been able to complete CPD for the 2020 – 21 registration period due to the exceptional circumstances of COVID-19 and you declare on your renewal application that you have not met the CPD Registration standard.
It’s important that you answer all questions honestly and accurately when completing your registration renewal and declare that you have not met the CPD requirements if that is the case. If you declare that you did not meet the CPD Registration standard the Board may request evidence in the future of what you have done to address any identified gaps in your CPD learning needs such as any interactive or face to face CPD requirements.
Given the importance of CPD and the increasing availability of flexible and COVID-safe CPD options, you will be expected to fully meet CPD requirements in the future and when renewing in 2022.
There are many flexible-delivery and COVID safe options for CPD and interactive CPD can be completed virtually. COVID-related learning activities can be counted towards CPD.
Please see the registration renewal FAQs for more information.
The registration renewal date for optometrists with general or non-practising registration is 30 November. You can check your registration details and expiry date on the national registers of practitioners.
Make sure your contact details provided to AHPRA, including email, are current as you will be sent reminders when your registration is due. Look for these reminders from AHPRA as confirmation that online renewal is open. After receiving your reminder, go to the AHPRA login page.
See fees for the cost of annual renewal, including the late payment fee for renewal applications received during December.
If you do not renew your registration by 31 December (end of the one month late period), your registration will lapse in accordance with the National Law and your name will be removed from the national register.
If you wish to keep practising and do not renew registration by 31 December, you must submit a fast track application for registration. Fast track application forms are available on the Board website or by phoning the Customer Service Team on 1300 419 495 during January.
If submitting a fast track application, you cannot practise until your application is processed and your registration details are updated on the national register.
For general information about registration renewal