Chinese Medicine Board of Australia
Chinese Medicine Board of Australia

Non-practising registration

You must apply for - and be granted - registration before you begin practising again.

You can apply at any time before you begin practising if your qualifications are on the on the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia’s list of approved courses, for:

  • acupuncture
  • Chinese herbal medicine
  • Chinese herbal dispensing.

However if your qualifications are not courses which have been assessed and approved by the former Chinese Medicine Registration Board of Victoria, or the Accreditation Committee of the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia (the National Board), you must apply for registration under the grandparenting rules before 30 June 2015.

Please read the National Board’s Grandparenting Standard (437 KB,PDF). Under these arrangements you must submit evidence that you have:

  1. A degree qualification which is adequate for grandparenting purposes, or
  2. An advanced diploma (or combination of studies broadly equivalent) which is adequate for grandparenting purposes.

There is a list of courses already deemed adequate for grandparenting purposes on the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia website.

Alternatively, you can submit evidence that you have practised for at least five years between 1 July 2002 and 30 June 2012 and evidence of competence.

If you intend to make use of the grandparenting pathway, you must submit your application before 30 June 2015.

To take advantage of the grandparenting arrangements you must apply by 30 June 2015. After that date grandparenting no longer exists and the Board has no discretion.

You can, however, apply for non-practising registration and have your qualifications assessed under the grandparenting arrangements. When you return to practise you can then change to practising registration.

Chinese medicine practitioners with non-practising registration are not permitted to treat, prescribe or refer, regardless of whether they are being remunerated. There is a reduced fee for non-practising registration. These practitioners continue to receive the Board's publications.

This type of registration may be suitable for practitioners who:

  • will be overseas for some time and not practising in Australia or
  • are not practising temporarily (for example on maternity or sick leave).

Practitioners who have been granted non-practising registration do not need to comply with the continuing professional development standard, the professional indemnity insurance standard or the recency of practice standard for the duration of their non-practising registration.

If you hold non-practising registration and wish to start practising in Australia again, you can apply to the Board to have your registration switched to general registration.

There is a form on the Forms page for this purpose called Application for General Registration for current non-practising registrants (AGNP-86). The standard registration fee for general registration will apply.

Page reviewed 24/09/2013