Obligations of a registered medical radiation practitioner

This infographic shows the obligations of a medical radiation practitioner who is registered with the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia under the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (the National Scheme).

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Information video for medical radiation practitioners

Watch this short video to learn what is required to be a registered medical radiation practitioner in Australia and to stay registered.

Registration requirements

Since 1 July 2012 medical radiation practitioners have been a nationally regulated health profession.

To practise in Australia, practitioners must be registered with the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia and meet the Board's registration standards.

The Board has three divisions of practice, and registered practitioners must be qualified in at least one of the following divisions:

  • diagnostic radiography
  • radiation therapy
  • nuclear medicine technology

You must be registered if you want to use a protected title. The protected titles for medical radiation practice are:

  • medical radiation practitioner
  • diagnostic radiographer
  • medical imaging technologist
  • radiographer
  • nuclear medicine scientist
  • nuclear medicine technologist, and
  • radiation therapist

If you are using one of these titles you must be registered.

There are fines for using a protected title. There are also fines ‘holding out' – this may occur where a person uses a title, name, initial, symbol, word or description which could be reasonably understood to indicate that they are qualified or registered to practise as a medical radiation practitioner.

Apply for registration online

Further information on the registration process is available on the AHPRA website.

Information for overseas qualified practitioners can be found on the Board’s website.

Who is AHPRA?

The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) supports the 15 National Boards in their role of protecting the public and setting standards and policies that all registered health practitioners must meet.

AHPRA and the National Boards work together to register and renew health practitioners and, where required, investigate complaints or concerns regarding health practitioners.

AHPRA's operations are governed by the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law which came into effect on 1 July 2010. This law applies in each Australian state and territory, and is sometimes referred to on our sites as ‘the National Law’.

All health practitioners registered to practise are included on the national register of practitioners which is managed by AHPRA.

Find out more about AHPRA.

Page reviewed 28/03/2019