If you’re an optometrist with registration due to expire at the end of November, get online and renew – or risk facing a late fee, and being unable to practise.
The Optometry Board of Australia said about 4,440 optometrists across Australia are due to renew their registration by 30 November – the annual registration renewal date for the profession under the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme.
Optometry Board Chair Colin Waldron said all registered practitioners in the National Scheme are responsible for renewing their registration on time.
“The job of the Board – with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) – is to make this as simple and straightforward as possible,” Mr. Waldron said.
The job of the Board – with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) – is to make this as simple and straightforward as possible…
He said the quickest and easiest way to renew registration is online at www.optometryboard.gov.au.
Mr. Waldron has warned that the Optometry Board of Australia has reinstated a late registration renewal fee for 2011-12 registration.
The late fee had been suspended for the first year of the National Scheme.
The late fee will apply to practitioners who submit an application to renew during the one-month late period built into the national law. The late fee is payable in addition to the annual renewal fee.
There are significant consequences for individual optometrists who do not renew on time in the National Scheme. Practitioners who do not renew registration within one month of their registration expiry date must be removed from the National Registers.
Their registration will lapse and they will not be able to practise in Australia until a new application is approved. Mr. Waldron said neither the Board nor AHPRA have any discretion about this under the national law.
Optometrists who forget to renew their registration by 30 November 2011, or within the following one month late period, can apply to AHPRA for a fast-track application for registration, but will be unable to practise until their registration application has been processed and approved.
Mr. Waldron said optometrists who were unsure of the registration process should contact the Optometry Board of Australia on (AUS) 1300 419 495. Fact sheets and frequently asked questions are also available online at www.optometryboard.gov.au