Registration Renewal

Registration Renewal

Members are required to renew their registration with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA), either online or by post, each year by 30 November. AHPRA renewal FAQs are available on the Optometry Board of Australia website however the Association has provided the following tips for members.

Registration period 

The Optometry Board registration period begins on 1 Dec and ceases on 30 Nov each year. Optometrists who do not renew by Nov 30 will face a late fee and if not renewed by Dec 30 will be removed from the register and unable to practice from 1 Jan.

Registration standards 

Below is a summary of each registration standard and the declaration that each optometrist must make when renewing their registration with the Optometry Board of Australia each year. These are legal declarations and a false declaration may results in diciplinary action.

Evidence at renewal 

You do not need to provide any documentation to AHPRA or the Optometry Board when you renew each year. You will only need to produce evidence if you are selected for a ramdom compliance audit by AHPRA and these commence annually in March. 

*CPD requirement  

You must have 80 CPD points over the last two registration periods inclusive of:

  • 24 face-to-face points
  • 60 of the 80 points are clinical (face-to-face and independent learning)
  • no more than 20 may be obtained by completing courses provided by suppliers or manufacturers
  • endorsed optometrists must complete at least 40 points in therapeutic education
  • in addition, completed within the previous 3 years of the renewal date, training in CPR.

Recency of practice 

Have practiced a minimum of 150 hours in the previous year OR 450 hours over previous three years. You do not need to provide evidence of this at renewal. If you have not met this standards you must declare as such and outline the reasons why when renewing.

Professional indemnity insurance 

Optometry Australia members are able to declare they have met the PII requirement with the Optometry Australia PII policy if they have been a member across the last registration period and continue to be a member at time of declaration. 

Compliance audit

Between 5 and 10% of the optometry profession are audited by AHPRA on their registration renewal declarations commencing March each year. Whilst there will be information provided to optometrists from AHPRA one benefit of Optometry Australia membership is the support we can offer to guide you through the audit process if you are randomly selected.

Renewal questions

I hold general registration and practised the full registration year
I started practising in the middle of the registration year after returning from parental leave
I stopped practising in the  middle of the current registration year and starting parental leave
I had an absence from practice and forgot to notify the Optometry Board
I need to notify the Optometry Board
I have not practised optometry at all during the current registration year
I graduated in 2013 and my first year of practice is 2014

I need more information on CPR

I hold general registration and practised the full registration year

You need to meet all the requirements as listed in the OBA registration standard.

I started practising in the middle of the registration year after returning from parental leave

You need to meet a pro-rata amount of CPD i.e. if you have had a temporary absence from practice for 6 months in the previous two registration periods(24 months) you need to only complete 75% of the CPD requirement, i.e 60 total points, and 18 face-to-face et cetera. You should know this applies to you if you have notified the Board of an absence from practice previously.

I stopped practising in the  middle of the current registration year and starting parental leave

You need to complete a pro-rata amount of CPD for the time you did practice i.e. if you have practised for 18 months across the last two registration periods and then commenced  a period of absence from practise on June 1 which is ongoing you will need to have completed a pro-rata CPD point declaration, of which you declare to have met 75% of your CPD totals, 60 total, of which 30 must be relevant to therapeutics (if you are therapeutically endorsed), 18 must be from face-to-face activities, etc. If this applies to you, when renewing you are able to declare that you have met the CPD registration standard provided you have notified the OBA you commnced leave from practice.

I had an absence from practice and forgot to notify the Optometry Board

If you did not notify the Board of your absence from practice you must do so immediately prior to renewing. Once you have done so you should then renew your registration and declare you have met your CPD requirement (provided you have completed the pro-rata CPD amount which you must calculate). If you have not met your pro-rata CPD requirement you must declare you have not met your CPD requirement when renewing and outline the reasons why. The Board will then review your declaration on a case-by-case basis.

I need to notify the Optometry Board

This can be done by emailing CPD_optometry@ahpra.gov.au and include the following:- your OBA/AHPRA registration number, the date you started leave and the date your leave will end. This should be done immediately before you renew your registration if you did not do this in advance of your absence from practice.

I have not practised optometry at all during the current registration year

You are not required to have completed any CPD requirements. Provided you have notified the OBA you have had leave from practice, you can declare you have met the CPD requirements. However, if this means that you have been absent from practice for more than 12 months, please be mindful of the requirement for you to maintain your recency of practice requirements should you intend to return to work in the future. You should also consider if moving into non-practicing registration is relevant for you.

I graduated in 2013 and my first year of practice is 2014

At this registration renewal (30 November) you can declare you have met your CPD requirements if you have attained the minimum required CPD points via a pro-rata system. For example, registered optometrists need to gain a minimum 40 points on average per year to gain the 80 for the previous 2 years. So if you started practicing in December 2014, you need to have 40 points by 30 November 2015. If, however, you started practicing mid-way through the way, such as March 2015, you need to gain a minimum 30 CPD points (40 points divided by 12 months = 10 points every 3 months x 9 months = 30 points). If you require further information, please contact Eye on CPD on 1800 393 273.

I need more information on CPR

You can only declare you have met your CPD requirements if you have competed CPR training in the last 3 years. While most 'Perform CPR' certificates expire after one year for the purpose of registration renewal with the Board completion within the previous 3 years is valid.


 

 

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