10 Sep 2018
The Chinese Medicine Board of Australia (the Board) has announced the national registration fee for Chinese medicine professionals for 2018/19.
The Board has frozen the registration fee at $579. The Board has focused on operational efficiency over the last several years through a number of initiatives such as simplification of its committees and the governance structure. The Board’s registration fee has been frozen without any increase since the 2015-2016 renewal process.
The fee for practitioners whose principal place of practice is New South Wales is $480.1
The annual renewal fee covers the registration period for most practitioners from 1 December 2018 to 30 November 2019.
In recognition of the challenge of being a new graduate and starting practice, the Board has significantly reduced fees for new graduates for 2018-19. The Board has significantly reduced the application fees and registration fee for students applying for registration for the first time that have completed a Board-approved program of study. The reduction is about 70-80% for this group of new registrants.
The new fee for graduates will be implemented from 27 September 2018; however, it will be in effect from 1 July 2018. Graduates are encouraged to apply for registration from 27 September 2018.
Any new graduate who has applied for registration already between 1 July 2018 and 27 September will have their application fee and registration fee adjusted to the new reduced fee amount. Those applicants will receive a refund of the difference where applicable and do not need to contact AHPRA. This will apply automatically and you will be notified via email.
All other registration fees for Chinese medicine practitioners will apply from 10 September 2018.
A full fee schedule, including the fee arrangements for practitioners whose principal place of practice is NSW, has been published on the Board’s website.
The National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (the National Scheme) is fully funded by practitioners’ registration fees. The decision to freeze the fee is due to the success of the Board’s financial management while effectively carrying out its duties to protect the public.
It needs to be remembered that the Chinese medicine profession represents less than 1% of total registered health practitioners under the NRAS, therefore it is not possible to achieve the same economies of scale and the fee structure reflects this. However the Board’s aim is to set fees as low as possible to minimise financial burdens on the registered Chinese Medicine practitioners. Fees support the Board in the continual development of a safe and mobile Australian workforce for health practitioners and the public in the most efficient ways possible. It also allows the Board to ensure that the provision of education and training for practitioners is of high quality.
1NSW is a co-regulatory jurisdiction.