Registration Renewal

Response to COVID-19  

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.

Important update on CPD requirements

The Board encourages you to continue to do CPD that is relevant to your scope of practice. However, we know that many practitioners’ plans for CPD in 2020 were disrupted by COVID-19. The Board will not take action if you have not been able to complete your CPD requirements this year as a result of COVID-19.

Please see the Renewal FAQs for more information.

Financial hardship payment plan

The Board and Ahpra have made a payment plan available for practitioners experiencing genuine financial hardship due to COVID-19. If you meet the criteria, you will be eligible to pay half your registration fee now and make a second payment in the first half of 2021.

You'll need to complete the application for financial hardship payment plan by 16 November 2020 and receive the outcome from us before renewing your registration. Do not start your renewal application if you plan on applying for the financial hardship payment plan.

Please see the Renewal FAQs for more information and how to apply.

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.

Important registration renewal dates

  • 30 November: Expiry of your registration. 
  • 1 December: Start of late period (late payment fee plus registration renewal fee). 
  • 1 January: Registration lapses (your name is removed from the national register).

 

Frequently asked questions


For optometrists




Renewal

 

Renew online

 
 
Page reviewed 7/10/2020