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Optometry registration fees frozen

12/09/2018By Matthew Woodley
The Optometry Board of Australia (OBA) is one of seven national accreditation boards to have frozen registration fees for the next 12 months.

The annual renewal fee of $300 was reinstated on September 10 and covers the registration period for most practitioners of December 1, 2018 to November 30, 2019. Four other national boards increased fees by up to 3% in line with indexation, while three boards raised fees higher than the indexed rate.

It is the second year running that the OBA has frozen registration fees, while the preceding four years saw consecutive price drops from a high of $415 in 2012-13.

“There has been an increase in our costs, in particular in responding to an increase in complaints.”
Martin Fletcher, AHPRA

However, while the OBA was able to again freeze its fees, AHPRA CEO Mr Martin Fletcher said the demands on the National Scheme had been increasing each year.

“We now have 700,000+ registered health practitioners across the professions and the numbers continue to grow. There has been an increase in our costs, in particular in responding to an increase in complaints, and we are investing in modernising our information technology systems in order to meet the public and practitioner expectation of quicker, online services,” Fletcher said.

“We work closely with national boards to consider the fees very carefully. Registration fees must fully fund the costs of regulating each profession in the National Scheme.”

Fees from registered practitioners fund health practitioner regulation in Australia, without any support from government.

National boards work with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) to safeguard the public by:

• Supporting annual registration to ensure only qualified, competent health practitioners can practice in       Australia

• Developing evidence-based and practice-tested standards, codes and guidelines

• Investigating concerns raised about registered health practitioners, and

• The accreditation of approved programs of study that lead to registration and endorsement.


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