Final-year students urged to apply for registration online now

13 Oct 2014

Final-year students who will soon complete an approved program of study can go online now to apply for registration before they graduate.

The online graduate application service on the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) website smooths the path from study to work by enabling final-year students to apply for registration four to six weeks before completing their course. All applicants are required to return some supporting documents to AHPRA by mail to complete their application.

Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia Chair Neil Hicks said students must make an application for provisional or general registration, depending on which course they graduated from.

‘Graduates of approved programs of study who are eligible for provisional registration are also required to undertake a period of supervised practice,’ Mr Hicks said.

‘Before applying online, students can confirm which registration type they must apply for by visiting the National Board’s website to review the list of approved programs of study.’

When making an application for registration, graduates must select the division of the profession in which they intend to practise. Divisions of registration are: diagnostic radiographers, nuclear medicine technologists and radiation therapists.

Graduates of approved programs of study must also meet the National Board’s registration requirements to be a registered medical radiation practitioner. Registration standards that relate to the new graduate are:

  • criminal history 
  • English language skills, and 
  • professional indemnity insurance.

‘Graduates need to be a registered medical radiation practitioner before they can start practising, including those undertaking supervised practice,’ Mr Hicks said.

‘To assist with the processing of their application, it’s important that graduates post supporting documents to AHPRA as soon as possible after applying online.’

Graduates applying for provisional registration should read the National Board’s supervised practice program web page and note the requirements upon gaining employment.

The Board expects that students who apply for provisional registration will enrol soon after in the Board-approved supervised practice program administered by AHPRA.

There are five simple steps to registration for graduates: 

  1. Students apply for registration four to six weeks before completing their program at Graduate applications on the AHPRA website. 
  2. Applicants fill out an online application (if eligible) or download an application form. All applications require some documents to be sent to AHPRA by mail to complete the application. 
  3. Education providers advise AHPRA when applicants are eligible to graduate. 
  4. AHPRA finalises assessment, confirms registration, publishes new graduates’ names on the national register of practitioners and sends out registration certificates. 
  5. New graduates registered with the National Board are eligible to start work as soon as their name is published on the national register.

For more information

  • Go to Graduate applications on the AHPRA website for FAQ and links to more information 
  • For registration enquiries or difficulties in accessing the online application form: 1300 419 495 (within Australia) 
  • For media enquiries: (03) 8708 9200
Page reviewed 13/10/2014