Chinese Medicine Board of Australia - Chinese Medicine Board of Australia fee set for 2022/23

Chinese Medicine Board of Australia fee set for 2022/23

21 Sep 2022

The Chinese Medicine Board of Australia (the Board) and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Ahpra) have announced the annual registration fees for Chinese medicine practitioners for 2022/23.

The national registration fee for Chinese medicine practitioners is set at $492.

This will cover the registration period from 1 December 2022 to 30 November 2023.

Chinese Medicine Board Chair, Adjunct Professor Danforn Lim, said the Board works to strike the right balance for Chinese medicine practitioners.

‘Keeping fees low, while meeting our regulatory obligation to protect the public, remains our priority.

‘Registration fees paid by practitioners directly fund the Board’s work to keep the public safe. It’s an important and valued contribution to our profession,’ said Adjunct Professor Danforn Lim.

Practitioner registration fees fund the work of Ahpra and the National Boards to keep the public safe by:

  • supporting national registration to ensure only qualified, safe, and professional health practitioners can practise in Australia
  • developing evidence-based and practice-tested standards, codes, and guidelines
  • accrediting programs of study that lead to registration and endorsement, and
  • investigating concerns raised about registered health practitioners.

NSW based practitioners

For practitioners with a principal place of practice in NSW, the registration renewal fee has two components. The first component relates to the registration and accreditation functions which is the same for all practitioners across Australia. This is calculated by Ahpra. The second component relates to the notifications function. This is calculated by the Chinese Medicine Council of New South Wales and the NSW Health Professional Councils Authority and is specific to NSW practitioners. The Board is not involved in the second component of the fee.

For this year only the Chinese Medicine Council of NSW has waived the notifications component of the annual registration fee. You can read more on the Chinese Medicine Council of NSW website.

This means for 2022/23 the fee for practitioners whose principal place of practice is in NSW is $291.

Cost allocation model

In 2022/23 Ahpra and National Boards are introducing a new model for allocating costs for each Board which considers the complexity, volume, and time to manage the regulatory activity for each profession, together with the costs of shared services across the professions. The new model reflects access to more detailed data and is designed to ensure costs for regulating each profession are appropriately recovered, target equity levels are maintained, and the risk of cross-subsidisation minimised.

More information is available at New cost allocation model and NSW fees.

Background to how notifications are managed in NSW and Queensland

In NSW, complaints (notifications) about the conduct, health or performance of NSW practitioners are managed by the Health Care Complaints Commission, the Health Professional Councils Authority (HPCA) and the state-based councils for each health profession, for Chinese medicine, this is the Chinese Medicine Council of NSW. Ahpra’s primary role, in relation to notifications in NSW is to update the national register if changes are made to a practitioner’s registration. As such, costs for notifications managed in NSW by the state-based councils and the HPCA are calculated by the HPCA.

In Queensland, all notifications and concerns are directed to the Office of the Health Ombudsman (OHO), which shares this information with Ahpra and the National Boards. Each notification or concern raised is reviewed by the OHO and Ahpra at the same time and a joint decision is made on which organisation will manage the matter. The Queensland Health Minister determines the contribution of practitioners’ fees to be paid to the OHO. This contribution recognises the OHO management of issues related to the health, performance or conduct of Queensland practitioners, and reflects the reasonable costs of what Ahpra and the National Boards would have done if the OHO didn’t exist.

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