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Optometry board fees released

The fee for optometrists whose principal place of practice is in New South Wales also rained at $300.{{quote-A:R-W:400-I:2-Q:“The National Boards and AHPRA have set fees that allow us to carry out our regulatory responsibilities in the most efficient and effective ways possible.”-WHO:Martin Fletcher, AHPRA CEO}}According to the Board, the decision to freeze fees meant it would be able to continue to carry out its duties and protect the public, while simultaneously not placing an unfair burden on practitioners. The Board’s announcent stated fees would support the continual development of a safe and mobile Australian workforce, and allow it to facilitate the provision of high quality education and training for practitioners.Elsewhere, the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) also announced there has been no fee increases for Chiropractic, Chinese Medicine, Medical Radiation Practice, Occupational Therapy, Osteopathy, Physiotherapy and Podiatry Boards.However, registration fees for medical, dental, pharmacy and psychology boards increased 3% in line with indexation, while the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practice Board of Australia increased its fees by $30.AHPRA CEO Mr Martin Fletcher said the fees reflected the shared commitment of National Boards and AHPRA to prudent financial managent.“The National Boards and AHPRA have set fees that allow us to carry out our regulatory responsibilities in the most efficient and effective ways possible. Through our work, we aim to support the continued development of a safe and mobile registered workforce accessible to the whole Australian community,” Fletcher said.A full fee schedule, including the fee arrangents for practitioners whose principal place of practice is NSW, is published on the Board’s website.