Provisional registration for the 5+1 internship program

Students that are enrolled in an accredited fifth year degree must be provisionally registered from the start of enrolment in the degree. Provisional registration is usually granted for one calendar year and must be maintained for the duration of the 5+1 internship program.

Online application for provisional registration in the 5+1 pathway is available if you:

  • have completed an accredited fourth year psychology degree in the last 10 years (or will be finishing soon), and 
  • have never previously been registered as a health practitioner or student with one of the 14 health professions boards in Australia, and 
  • have been offered a place in an accredited fifth year psychology program.

You can apply for provisional registration by following three simple steps:

  1. Fill out an online application for provisional registration.
  2. Upload supporting documents as part of the online application.
  3. Wait to be contacted by AHPRA.

For full details visit Graduate Applications.

For information on the fees for provisional registration please refer to the Board’s schedule of fees.

Before applying for provisional registration you must ensure you are familiar with the obligations and responsibilities of provisional psychologists. When applying for provisional registration you must meet the requirements of the following registration standards:

  • the Provisional registration standard
  • the Criminal history registration standard - you must declare all criminal history, included spent convictions and overseas criminal history when you apply for registration and AHPRA will undertake a check of your criminal history
  • the English language skills registration standard - you are must provide evidence of your English language competency, this applies to all applicants including Australian applicants
  • the Recency of practice registration standard if you completed an approved program of study (e.g. undergraduate psychology degree) within the last five years you will automatically meet the standard
  • the Professional indemnity insurance arrangements registration standard - you must declare that you will meet the requirements of the standard.

All the registration standards are available on the Registration standards page.

Additionally, provisional psychologists must have read and understood the following publications before applying for provisional registration:

  • the Australian Psychological Society Code of Ethics
  • the Guidelines on professional indemnity insurance for psychologists
  • the Guidelines for mandatory notifications for registered health practitioners
  • the Guidelines for advertising regulated health services for registered health practitioners

The guidelines and a link to the code are available on the codes guidelines and policies page.


You will be required to renew your provisional registration at the end of the fifth year in order to go on to the sixth year internship component of the program and will need to provide:

  1. Evidence of successful completion of all components of the fifth year degree and eligibility to graduate. 
  2. A proposed internship program plan for the sixth year internship that is in accordance with the Guidelines for the 5+1 internship program.

Two renewal limit

Under section 64(3) of the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law, as in force in each state and territory (the National Law), provisional registration may not be renewed more than twice. Therefore, provisional psychologists who require more than three years (one year initial registration plus two renewals) to complete the 5+1 program will be required to make a new application for provisional registration before the end of the third year. There is a special form - ARPP-76 - Application for provisional registration after three years of provisional registration and a streamlined application process to ensure the supervised practice program is not disrupted. There is no application fee for this application, just the annual registration fee is paid which is the same as the annual renewal fee, so provisional psychologists who need to make a new application don’t incur any additional costs.

Page reviewed 10/10/2017