Pharmacy fees go up by 3%

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The Pharmacy Board and seven others have increased their annual registration fees, five Boards have frozen theirs, while Chinese medicine and chiropractic fees are reduced by up to 15%

The Pharmacy Board of Australia has set its annual renewal of general registration fee for 2020–21 at $420, up from $408 in 2019-20.

This is based on an indexation increase of 3%, which similarly occurred last year.

The registration fee for all provisional registrants is $210, while the registration fee for non-practising registration is $336.

Meanwhile the fee for both general and limited registrants whose principal place of practice is NSW has been set at $492, up from $478 in 2019-20. Fees in this state vary as NSW is a co-regulatory jurisdiction.

The annual renewal fee will apply from Friday 18 September and for most practitioners covers the registration period of 1 December 2020 to 30 November 2021, the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Ahpra) explained.

Registration fees for the Dental, Medical, Medical Radiation Practice, Nursing and Midwifery, Occupational Therapy, Optometry and Physiotherapy Boards have also increased by indexation—up to 3%.

However fees themselves vary greatly between professions.

The Medical Board of Australia has set its registration fee for 2020–21 at $811, while the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia has set registration fees for 2020–21 at $180.

Fees for five National Boards – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practice, Osteopathy, Paramedicine, Podiatry and Psychology – have been frozen to remain the same as last year.

Meanwhile registration fees for two National Boards have reduced. The Chinese Medicine Board of Australia has set its registration fee for 2020–21 to $492, a 15% reduction on last year’s fee.

The Chiropractic Board of Australia has set its registration fee for 2020–21 to $530, a 6.4% reduction on last year’s fee.

The Pharmacy Board has previously explained that any increase in fees ensures the Board has sufficient income to allow it to carry out its duties and protect the public.

Regulation of health practitioners in Australia is funded by fees, with no ongoing funding from governments.

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  1. pagophilus

    Indexation doesn’t necessity ensure the board has sufficient income to perform its duties. Perhaps the work will expand to consume the increase in income.

  2. Christie Younger

    I’m studying full time. I’m letting my pharmacist registration lapse this year because I can’t afford the renewal.

    • Kay Dunkley

      When making this decision remember that regaining registration in the future is not automatic. There will be a process to go through, including possibly a requirement to undertake supervised work, to become registered again. Depending on your longer term plans you may want to seek advice about the likely requirements by contacting AHPRA.

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