Board fees set to rise

AHPRA has now published its National Boards fees for 2017/2018

And while fees were frozen for eight professions, pharmacy wasn’t one of them.

The Pharmacy Board – as well as the Dental, Medical and Psychology Boards – have their fees limited to indexation of up to 3%.

The Pharmacy Board of Australia general registration fee for 2017/2018 has been set at $336, limiting the increase to indexation of 2.5%.

The eight professions for which fees were frozen include Chinese Medicine, Chiropractice, Medical Radiation Practice, Occupational Therapy, Optometry, Osteopathy, Physiotherapy and Podiatry.

Nursing and midwifery fees have increased by $5 (a 3.3% increase) while the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practice Board of Australia has an increase in its fees by $30.

AHPRA Chief Executive Officer, Martin Fletcher, says the fees reflect the shared commitment of National Boards and AHPRA to prudent financial management.

“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,” Mr Fletcher says.

“Through our work we aim to support the continued development of a safe and mobile registered workforce accessible to the whole Australian community.”

It will apply from 15 September 2017 and cover the registration period for most pharmacists of 1 December 2017 to 30 November 2018.

A full fee schedule, including the fee arrangements for pharmacists whose principal place of practice is NSW, is published on the Board’s website.

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