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The Podiatry Board of Australia (the Board) has set its 2012 registration fees, limiting fee increases within a Consumer Price Index (CPI) rate of 3.3%.
As the National Scheme is funded entirely by registration fees (there is no ongoing government funding except for part of the scheme in NSW in which there is a co-regulatory arrangement), fees need to be set to enable National Boards and AHPRA to meet their responsibilities under the National Law.
Board Chair Mr Jason Warnock said that fees are set to ensure the Board can continue to provide robust and safe regulation of podiatry in Australia and to protect the public.
“The Podiatry Board of Australia has developed national registration standards, codes, policies and guidelines to guide the podiatry profession. The public is protected through the Board‟s work which ensures that podiatrists in Australia are adequately qualified and experienced”, said Mr Warnock.
In setting its budget for the 2011/12 financial year, the Board has reviewed all registration fees in consultation with AHPRA. The Board has limited the fee increase to CPI, meaning the annual renewal fee for general registration will increase by $12 to $362 from the 30 November 2011 renewal period.
“Setting the new schedule of fees ensures that the Board can continue its work in implementing
the requirements set out in the National Law through registering podiatrists, setting professional standards and investigating notifications against practitioners. There are more than 3,400 registered podiatrists in Australia today”, said Mr Warnock.
In consultation with the other nine National Boards currently under the National Scheme, the Podiatry Board of Australia has reinstated a fee for late renewal of registration from 2011-12 (this had been suspended for the first year of the National Scheme). The late fee will apply to practitioners who apply to renew during the one month „late period‟ built into the National Law and will be charged at 25% of the renewal fee, recognising the additional costs to AHPRA of managing late renewals. It will be payable in addition to the annual renewal fee.
The Board also approved a Fast Track application fee. The fast track application was introduced this year to assist practitioners whose registration has lapsed but who wish to remain in practice. This fast-track process is open for one month after the end of the late period. The fast track fee will be 50% of the normal application fee for registration and will be payable in addition to the annual renewal fee.
In addition to the work of the Board, fees are also used to support the continuing work associated with introducing the National Scheme, such as funding the accreditation council which has an independent role to assess programs of study for the podiatry profession. In 2012, new services that help Boards to protect the public and guide the professions includes the introduction of audits of practitioner compliance with National Board registration standards.
The 2012 fee schedule is published on the Board‟s website.
Under the National Law, the Board sets its fees which are then agreed by the AHPRA Agency Management Committee through a formal health professions agreement.
For more information
Visit www.podiatryboard.gov.au under Contact us to lodge an online enquiry form
For registration enquiries: 1300 419 495
Media Release: New service: Practitioners can print copy of certificate online
Australia’s health practitioners can now print their own copy of their Certificate of Registration in a new online service launched by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) today.
AHPRA Chief Executive Officer Martin Fletcher said the health practitioner information on the Certificate of Registration copy would be taken directly from the National Register of Health Practitioners.
Mr Fletcher said the new service was developed in response to practitioner demand and gives practitioners the ability to supply a Certificate of Registration – for example for employer records or to support a skills assessment application for visa purposes.
This new service complements the Certificate of Registration which AHPRA will continue to send all health practitioners when they renew their registration on an annual basis.
He confirmed that the National Register remained the ultimate, real-time source of registration information about all registered practitioners.
“Employers should always refer to the online National Register to access the most up to date information that a practitioner is registered to practise in Australia”, Mr Fletcher said.
A subscription service for employers to bulk-check employee registration is available on the AHPRA website (www.ahpra.gov.au). Health practitioners can check their details on the National Register by following the link on the home page and using their name and profession to search the Register.
Mr Fletcher said the printed certificate of registration is clearly labelled as a copy produced from the National Register.
“The service prints the information held on the National Register at the time and records the date it was printed. The certificate also directs users to the online public register for the most up-to-date registration information,” he said.
It adds to an increasing range of online services available to practitioners under the National Scheme, including the ability to update contact details and to check that their application to renew registration has been received by AHPRA, so they can continue to practise while their application is processed.
Mr Fletcher said all of these services, and the ability to print a copy of their Certificate of Registration, were accessed by practitioners using their unique User ID and password provided by AHPRA.
“The National Law and the National Scheme are designed to provide a more robust and accessible regulatory system that better protects the public. In the past 12 months we have come a long way in delivering that scheme and in developing services that support practitioners during the registration and renewal processes,” he said.
The Podiatry Board of Australia, in partnership with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and the nine other boards in the National Scheme, has updated its website to make it easier to navigate and find important information.
The Board’s website, at www.podiatryboard.gov.au, features clearer menus and intuitive architecture, better access to online services and more information tailored to the podiatry profession. The new site also includes information about the National Scheme and links to AHPRA.
Over the next few weeks the Board will continue to make improvements to the site. If during this time you have difficulties finding specific information, please submit an online enquiry form from the AHPRA website, choosing ‘web content issues’ as the category.
11 November 2011 Podiatrists urged to renew registration online and on time
The Podiatry Board of Australia today urged podiatrists whose registration expires on 30 November to renew online and on time.
Board Chair Jason Warnock said the board was encouraged by the renewal response already received from the 3500 podiatrists due to renew by 30 November 2011. With just over two weeks to go before the 30 November registration expiry date, 40 percent of podiatrists due to renew have done so.
“It is fantastic that many podiatrists due to renew have heeded calls to apply early and I would encourage all in the profession to use the online service for quick and easy renewal,” Mr Warnock said.
Podiatrists who renewed their registration by 30 June 2011 were given valid registration for five months and must renew again by 30 November. The registration renewal cycle for all podiatrists in Australia is now aligned and annual registration renewal will be due by 30 November.
Mr Warnock urged podiatrists to check their contact details and update them if necessary to receive regular reminders from the board and Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Providing AHPRA with an email address will allow for easy and efficient direct communication about renewal.
“In the National Scheme, individual practitioners are responsible for renewing their registration on time. The job of the Podiatry Board of Australia – with AHPRA – is to make this as simple and straightforward as possible,” Mr Warnock said.
“Podiatrists should watch for the reminders to renew registration as confirmation that they can renew online using their unique User ID which is included in all AHPRA correspondence,” he said.
“I urge anyone due to renew by 30 November who has not yet done so to act quickly as applications received after the registration expiry date will incur a late payment fee.”
A late payment fee will apply to practitioners who apply to renew during the one month late period outlined in the National Law. It will be payable in addition to the annual renewal fee.
Mr Warnock reminded the profession that there were significant consequences for individual podiatrists who do not renew on time in the National Scheme.
Under the National Law, podiatrists who do not renew registration within one month of their registration expiry date must be removed from the National Register of Podiatrists. Their registration will lapse and they will not be able to practise in Australia until a new application is approved.
“Neither the board nor AHPRA have any discretion about this so our advice is clear – renew on time. The quickest and easiest way to do this is online,” Mr Warnock said.
There are some simple steps podiatrists can follow for straightforward and easy renewal of registration:
1. Check your contact details – make sure your contact details, including email and mobile telephone, are correct and current. This will allow AHPRA to send you renewal reminders and to contact you easily. Set email accounts to receive information from the board and AHPRA.
2. Check your registration expiry date – practitioners can view their expiry date on the National Register of Podiatrists, accessible at www.podiatryboard.gov.au and enter their last name and profession to search.
3. Watch for the reminder to renew registration – reminders to renew registration will be sent to individual practitioners at regular intervals before registration expires. Practitioners should look out for these reminders as confirmation that they can renew online. Practitioners can also mail their renewal application to AHPRA, GPO Box 9958, in their capital city. Practitioners whose intention is to not renew registration should tick the box on the registration renewal form acknowledging this and return the form to AHPRA. Renewal reminders will stop being sent to you after your request has been processed.
Podiatrists can check that their application has been received via the online receipt service at Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency - Renewal Received Confirmation. Practitioners whose application to renew registration has been received can practise while their application is being processed. The listing on the National Register of Podiatrists is evidence for employers that a practitioner is registered, even if their registration expiry date has passed. Alternatively, practitioners can print off a copy of their registration certificate using AHPRA’s online services at www.ahpra.gov.au.
Failure to renew:
Podiatrists who forget to renew their registration by 30 November 2011, or within the following one month late period ending 31 December 2011, can apply to AHPRA for a fast-track application for registration. These practitioners should note that they are not able to practise in their profession until their fast-track registration application has been processed and approved.
The Board have just released a consultation document on:
Specialist Registration Standard
Released: 9 February 2012
Closes: 5 April 2012
The Podiatry Board of Australia has released a consultation paper on a proposed specialist registration standard for the podiatry specialty of podiatric surgery.
The Board is now seeking feedback on the consultation paper and is interested in comments from stakeholders. If you wish to provide comments on the consultation paper, please email submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org by close of business on 5 April 2012.
Update from Board:
27 February 2012 Podiatry Board of Australia to hold forum in Tasmania
The Podiatry Board of Australia (the Board) invites Tasmanian podiatrists to attend a forum in Hobart in March.
The forum is a great opportunity for local podiatrists and members of the Board to meet and discuss the registration and regulation of podiatrists under the National Law.
Date: Friday 23rd March
Time : 7.00pm – 8.30pm
Venue: AHPRA, 12th Floor, AMP Building, Cnr Elizabeth & Collins Street, Hobart
Light refreshments will be served.
The Board is hoping to accommodate all interested local podiatrists, however due to the restrictions of the venue places are limited. All interested podiatrists are encouraged to RSVP promptly to ensure their place.
Please RSVP by 2 March 2012 to: Deena.email@example.com, (03) 8708 9256