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Tue Feb 26, 2013 11:02 am Last edited Feb 26, 2013, 11:57 am Update #2

Update - recieved a response from AHPRA basically with the expected reply that they don't pro rata inital registration fees.  They do however state that if your inital registration is received after 31st March then they will give you registration until the following May i.e. 14 months.This however, is not good enough as many newly graduated nurses need to register prior to 31st March and could potential loose up to 10 months of registration fees in the first year.  It is quite obviously a grab for cash by AHPRA - medical workers all need to be registered to get a job in health - how many millions of $$ is generated by forcing nurses, doctors etc to   pay for a full year whatever time they register?  I have requested further justification from AHPRA as to why they cannot pro rata inital fees and am waiting on their reply - I have also asked the Nurses Union for their input - the QNU has also submitted a request for Pro Rata of inital fees - if anyone has any ideas as to how to escalate this problem then lets have it !!! X-D

 

 

Hi to all new graduate and studying nurses - I have recently graduates as an Enrolled nurse and went through the registration process with AHPRA - something ALL practicing nurses have to do. I paid my Registration fees of $160  (Plus another $160 for the Application Fee) in February and was told by AHPRA that there is an annual registration date of 31st May each year. This means that I have paid for 12 months registration in February and will have to pay another 12 months on 31st May as they do not pro rata the fees! This is VERY unfair and I believe this should be changed as most graduations happen in the early part of the year. If you agree with me, then PLEASE lodge a complaint to AHPRA using the form at http://www.ahpra.gov.au/About-AHPRA/Complaints.aspx.  The more complaints the more likely things will change.

modified: Thursday 04 April 2013 6:49:19 pm - ob1

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Mar 23, 2013, 10:49 pm

Oh I agree totally, I graduated in January and I also have to re-register in May, what a rip off.

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Apr 16, 2013, 08:12 pm

Hi, well I was whammed with this unfair rego fee as well they granted me only for five months. They also lost my citizenship paper, I went through hell. I won't mention the rest. They made me wait for 7 months!!. It isn't fair.

I am also not employed as new grad, I am on the list, just paid another $157.00 re-registration fee, cant believe it.

How did you go with your approach with the nursing association?.

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May 11, 2013, 06:16 pm

Have a quick question regarding the AHPRA fee - does this include registrations that are in progress.  I paid for my on 19th March but am waiting for all the final paperwork from the course provider.

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May 14, 2013, 09:59 am Last edited May 14, 2013, 09:59 am update #1

Below is the reponse from AHPRA to my complaint re unfair initial Registration fees: Basically it states that AHPRA need the money and by ripping off new registrations this is a fair and equitable method to get it. A pro rata system MAY cost too much..... but that is not confirmed/considered.

I have written to the Ombudsman, however, in their website they state that they cannot force agencies such as AHPRA to adopt their recommendation - just simply ask nicely!!!!  Exactly what is the point of having an Ombudsman with no teeth?

The only suggestion I can make is to flood AHPRA and the Ombudsmen with complaints and then someone might listen.....

My contact with the Nurses Union was equally unproductive - spoke to a fembot who could only reiterate the "if you put something in writing as to how we can represent you....." speel - all I was asking for was an update on the Union's own request for AHPRA to pro rata fees!

 

I refer to your email and attached letter dated ......... in response to AHPRA’s letter dated .......... I note that you consider that AHPRA’s response to your complaint did not address the substance of your complaint, namely, that the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (the Board) policy does not pro-rata initial registration fees.

The National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (the National Scheme) is funded solely by registrants’ fees and enables the Board to do its work in protecting the public by regulating the nursing and midwifery professions. A guiding principle of the National Scheme is an undertaking that registration fees are to be reasonable, having regard to the efficient and effective operation of the National Scheme.

I attach a copy of the Board statement regarding fees and it was noted that the fee was fair and reasonable and set at a level to enable the Board to effectively regulate nurses, midwives and students of nursing and midwifery in Australia and meet its legal responsibilities under theHealth Practitioner Regulation NationalLaw, as in force in each state and territory (the National Law).

A pro-rata system may not be cost effective due to the additional administrative time needed to administer such a policy and it is considered the better view that graduation processes are streamlined to enable registration fees to be maintained at a level appropriate to regulating the profession. I would like to take this opportunity to bring to your attention that initial application and registration payments are tax deductable professional costs.

Thank you for taking the time to write and as part of AHPRA’s standards of service AHPRA’s policies are reviewed and the comments you have provided will be considered during these reviews.

As advised previously, if you are not satisfied with this response, you may wish to contact the Office of the National Health Practitioner Ombudsman and Privacy Commissioner (the Ombudsman) for a review.

modified: Tuesday 14 May 2013 11:03:05 am - ob1

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