General registration is available to individuals who meet the eligibility requirements under section 52 of the National Law. General registration as a psychologist enables an individual to work in any area of psychology that is within their scope of competence and use the title 'Psychologist'. All psychologists with general registration meet a minimum standard of education and training and have been assessed as a suitable person to hold general registration in the profession.
The requirements for general registration are set out in the General registration standard, which is developed by the Psychology Board of Australia and approved by the Australian Health Workforce Ministerial Council.
A revised General registration standard for the psychology profession came into effect on 2 May 2016 and is published under Registration standards.
Information about the revised standard including FAQ and transition provisions is available under Fact sheets and FAQ.
To become eligible for general registration an applicant is generally required to have completed a four year undergraduate sequence of study in psychology (such as a bachelor degree with honours) followed by at least two years of practical experience as a registered provisional psychologist. The necessary practical experience is usually obtained by undertaking an approved postgraduate degree accredited at fifth and sixth year level (such as a two year Masters) or higher (such as a three or four year Doctorate). Alternatively practical experience can be obtained by completing a 4+2 or 5+1 internship program.
All registered psychologists have an obligation to ensure they are familiar with and practise in accordance with the Board’s registration standards, guidelines, the Board-endorsed Code of ethics, and the National Law.
For further information about the professional obligations of generally registered psychologists visit the Standards and Guidelines section of the website which includes registration standards, the code of ethics, guidelines and policies, frequently asked questions, fact sheets, and practitioner resources.
Applying for general registration
To apply for general registration as a psychologist please first ensure that you are familiar with and able to meet the requirements of the Board’s registration standards, the Code of ethics, and the obligations of registered health practitioners and mandatory notification requirements under the National Law.
You will also need to pass the national psychology examination (unless an exemption applies) before applying for general registration as a psychologist.
To apply for general registration, complete the AGEN-76 application form and lodge it with your local office of AHPRA. The application form is available on the Board’s Forms page.
On the forms page you will also find supplementary information to assist with your application including information about proof of identity documents, certifying supporting documents and the required format for your curriculum vitae.
The current application and registration fees are published in the Board’s schedule of fees.
Doctoral candidates are permitted to apply for general registration once they have completed the equivalent of a fifth and sixth year qualification (e.g. a two-year Masters) but before completing the doctoral thesis. Refer to the Policy for higher degree students applying for general registration for more information.
You will be required to renew your registration annually by 30 November and online renewal is available. For more information about renewing registration visit the Renewals page.
Endorsement of general registration for area of practice
Psychologists with general registration that have completed an approved postgraduate degree followed by a period of approved supervised practice in a particular area of practice can apply for an area of practice endorsement on their general registration.