Provisional registration for psychology higher degree students

Students that are enrolled in a psychology higher year degree accredited at fifth year or higher must be provisionally registered from the start of enrolment in the degree. Students maintain provisional registration for the duration of enrolment in any component of an accredited qualification, including coursework, practicum and research thesis (except for doctoral students granted early general registration).

Provisional registration is usually granted for one calendar year at a time and must be maintained for the duration of enrolment in the degree and until general registration is granted.

Online application for provisional registration 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 posgraduate psychology program.

For full details visit Graduate Applications.

Alternatively you can apply for provisional registration using the following paper application form and lodging it with your local office of AHPRA:

For information on proof of identity and certifying documents for your application please refer to AHPRA common application forms.

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 annually by the anniversary of the date provisional registration was first granted. AHPRA will send you a reminder when it is time to renew. You must keep your contact email address up to date and add AHPRA to your safe senders list to ensure you receive renewal reminders. However, ultimately it is your responsibility to ensure you renew on time. If you do not renew and provisional registration lapses, you will have to reapply for provisional registration and you will not be able to undertake your degree until provisional registration is in place.

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 their higher degree will be required to make a new application for provisional registration before the end of the third year. This will apply to most doctoral higher degree pathway candidates as well as standard higher pathway candidates who undertake a combined Masters and research PhD. It may also apply to candidates who undertake part-time study or take a leave of absence during the course.

There is a special form - ARPP-76 Application for provisional registration after three years of provisional registration - and a streamlined application process to ensure that you can maintain provisional registration and your program of study 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 1/09/2015