Renewal FAQ for psychologists

For psychologists with general or non-practising registration, you are due to renew your registration annually by 30 November.

The renewal date for psychologists with provisional registration is the date you were granted provisional registration. You are required to renew your provisional registration with the Board every 12 months.

Look out for an email from AHPRA reminding you that online renewal is open (available for general and non-practising registrants only). You will also get email reminders during the renewal period. It's important that you use our online services to check that AHPRA has your current contact details. Be sure to check the national register to confirm your registration details.

Psychologists in Australia must meet the National Board registration standards when renewing your registration. These include criminal history, English language skills, professional indemnity insurance, recency of practice and continuing professional development (CPD) registration standards.

You must also meet the Psychology-specific registration standards that are relevant to you:

  • General registration standard
  • Provisional registration standard
  • Area of practice endorsements registration standard.

You must declare on your registration renewal application that you have met the requirements set out in the registration standards.

Before making any declarations, you must read the Board requirements for renewal of registration, particularly regarding recency of practice, continuing professional development (CPD) and professional indemnity insurance (PII) arrangements.

Make sure you understand the Board’s requirements for registration to practise before making your declarations because you may be asked to give information to support your application.

We encourage 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 against any practitioner who has not been able to complete their CPD activities this year as a result of COVID-19. 

What you need to do: 

  • Do CPD relevant to your scope of practice if you can. 
  • When you make your declaration about CPD when you renew your registration in 2020, be honest. Indicate if you did or didn’t meet the standard. If you didn’t meet the standard, give the reasons. The Board will not take action if you did not meet the standard as a result of COVID-19.

See the fees schedule for costs of annual renewal and registration. There is an annual renewal fee for 12 months of registration. These fees have been set at a level that enables the Board to effectively regulate the profession in Australia and meet its legal responsibilities under the National Law.

If you submit your application to renew in the one-month late period after 30 November, you will be charged a late payment fee. This fee recognises the additional costs of managing late renewals and is payable on top of the annual renewal fee.

The Board and Ahpra have made a payment plan available for practitioners experiencing genuine financial hardship due to COVID-19. Applications for the payment plan closed at midnight on 16 November 2020.

My application for the payment plan was accepted. How do I pay the second instalment?

We will contact you directly to let you know how to pay the outstanding amount in early 2021. Please ensure you keep your email address up to date using the online practitioner services.

You can choose the online option ‘not to renew’ or ignore future reminder notices. To ensure that everyone who intends to keep practising is reminded to renew, AHPRA will continue to send reminders to practitioners who haven't lodged an application for renewal of registration, or who don't opt online 'not to renew'.

If you do not renew your registration, you will receive a letter after the late period confirming that your registration has lapsed. Your name will be removed from the national register and you will not be able to practise your profession in Australia. If you want to resume practice in the future you will need to lodge a new application for registration.

For psychologists with general or non-practising registration, renewing your registration online using your AHPRA user ID and password is quick and easy. If you experience any difficulties, please call the Customer Service Team on 1300 419 495 and a team member will talk you through the process.

Online renewal is not currently available for provisional registration.

Your user ID is included in the registration renewal reminders from AHPRA. Alternatively, you can complete an online enquiry form and select ‘Online Access’ as the category type. You can get a new password by entering your user ID on the reset your password page.

Yes. It is a requirement of the National Law that the suburb and postcode of your principal place of practice is published on the national register. A form is available if you believe that publishing information about you on the public register would pose a serious risk to your health or safety in the practise of your profession. The Board will consider each application individually.

Yes, when renewing online you can also participate in a Health Workforce Australia survey. Your survey responses will help inform workforce planning and provide a comprehensive profile of Australia’s current regulated workforce.

Please check that your details on the national register are correct and use the secure online services to make sure AHPRA has your current contact information, including email and mobile. It's important that AHPRA has your most up to date contact details so you can receive renewal reminders.

Once your application is processed, your details will be updated on the national register.

You can download a certificate from Ahpra’s online services after you’ve renewed.

If a practitioner or employer wants to check someone’s registration details the safest and most up-to-date way to do so is via the online register of practitioners which is updated every day.

You can download your tax receipt from Ahpra’s online services after you’ve renewed.

Under the National Law, you have a one-month late period after your registration expiry date during which you can apply to renew (by 31 December for general and non-practising registration).

If AHPRA receives your application before the end of the one-month late period, you will remain registered and be able to practise within the scope of your registration. Your listing on the national register will be updated when processing of your application is complete.

If AHPRA receives your application during the one-month late period, you will incur a late payment fee. This applies to all registrants who do not renew by the annual registration expiry date (30 November for general and non-pracitising registration) and apply within the one-month late period.

Your registration will lapse if you do not renew within one month of your registration expiry date. Your name will be removed from the national register under the National Law and you will not be able to practise.

If you have not renewed within one month of your registration expiry date and you wish to keep practicing, you must submit a fast track application for registration in the four weeks after your registration lapses. Fast track application forms will be available on the National Board website or by contacting the Customer Service Team during January.

If submitting a fast track application, you cannot practise until your application is processed and your registration details have been updated on the national register.

Yes. You must pay a fast track application fee in addition to the annual renewal fee. You must submit your application in the four weeks after your registration lapses if you wish to keep practising.

Page reviewed 19/07/2019