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Revised registration standard for recency of practice takes effect today

01 Dec 2016

The Psychology Board of Australia’s revised Registration standard for recency of practice and policy for recency of practice requirements take effect today.

The Board has previously published the revised standard and supporting materials to ensure registrants understand the new requirements and have time to prepare for any changes that may affect them.

This registration standard applies to all psychologists, except those with non-practising registration. Practitioners will need to meet the obligations of the revised standard by the time they renew their registration in 2017.

What’s changed?

A key change to the Board’s recency of practice requirements is that a requirement for minimum hours of practice has been introduced.

To meet the standard, psychologists must practise the profession for a minimum total of:

  • 250 hours in the previous five years (approx 6 ½ weeks full time).

Most practitioners who are currently practising will meet the revised standard.

Details of all changes to recency of practice requirements and who they affect are published on the recency of practice resources web page together with FAQ. The Board encourages all practitioners to review the revised registration standard to check whether they will be affected by changes.

More information

The revised registration standard was approved by the Australian Health Workforce Ministerial Council on 27 August 2015 following a scheduled review of registration standards. A public consultation was held as part of the review and the submissions to the public consultation are published on the Board’s website. A brief consultation report which outlines the public consultation and rationale for any changes has also previously been published.

Please also refer to AHPRA’s registration standards page for additional information and resources.

Page reviewed 1/12/2016