While many boards have frozen their registration fees this year, the Pharmacy Board has announced the highest increase
Alongside the Medical Board, Occupational Therapy Board, Optometry Board, Osteopathy Board and Physiotherapy Board, the Pharmacy Board increased its registration fee by 3%.
This takes the annual renewal of general registration fee for pharmacists to $433.
The fee for practitioners whose principal place of practice is NSW is $507.
The annual renewal fee will apply from 14 September 2021 and for most practitioners covers the registration period of 1 December 2021 to 30 November 2022.
The Dental Board increased its registration fee by 2.5%.
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Health Practice Board, Chinese Medicine Board, Chiropractic Board, Medical Radiation Practice Board, Nursing and Midwifery Board and Podiatry Board all froze their fees for the upcoming year.
The Paramedicine Board reduced its fees by 4.25%, while the Psychology Board reduced its fees by 10%.
The Pharmacy Board said that its decision to increase the fee by indexation for the 2021/22 period ensures the Board has sufficient income to allow it to carry out its duties and protect the public.
It said that it is committed to keeping the fee as low as possible, while meeting its regulatory obligations to the public.
Board Chair Brett Simmonds said that the Board acknowledges that this continues to be a challenging time for health practitioners and sincerely thanks practitioners for their important role in keeping the community safe.
“We thank the profession for the significant effort in providing frontline services for the public during these very difficult times,” he said.
Ahpra and the Board said they recognise the effect that the lockdowns may have had on practitioners’ practice.
The Board has put in place a registration and renewal fee payment plan for any practitioners who are experiencing financial hardship.