Provisional to General Registration

Changes have been made to the requirements of supervised practice and registration examinations for general registration during COVID-19. For details of the changes read more in the news item.

Transition from provisional to general registration for pharmacy interns

Pharmacy interns with provisional registration seeking to work unsupervised as pharmacy practitioners in Australia, must first obtain general registration.

To be eligible to apply for general registration, you must have successfully completed your approved intern training program and 1824 hours of supervised practice and have passed the Board’s written and oral examinations.

Applying for general registration as a pharmacist

You can apply online through Ahpra’s online services portal using your User ID - click the Apply online now button at the top of this page.

You will need to provide evidence of successful completion of:

  • your approved intern training program, and
  • 1824 hours of approved supervised practice or the period of supervised practice approved by the Board for interns affected by the COVID-19 pandemic (read more in the news item).

You must also have successfully completed your written and oral examinations; you don’t need to provide your results to us as once they have been confirmed, we will already have them.

You will be asked if there’s been any change to your Australian criminal history status, and if you need to disclose any impairment not previously disclosed. If you do declare a change in status, you might be asked to provide further information.

You will receive an automated confirmation via email when you submit your application.

Yes, you can submit a hardcopy application. Download the form below.

You will need to provide evidence of successful completion of:

  • your approved intern training program, and
  • 1824 hours of approved supervised practice or the period of supervised practice approved by the Board for interns affected by the COVID-19 pandemic (read more in the news item).

To make sure your supporting documents are certified correctly, please download or print the guide Certifying Documents: Instructions for applicants and authorised officers and take it with you to get your documents certified.

You can submit your hardcopy application and supporting documents via Ahpra’s Online upload.

Alternatively, you can mail the form with supporting documentation to Ahpra Pharmacy Registration Team at GPO Box 9958 in your capital city. Our full mailing addresses are available on the Contact us page.


You can apply for general registration as soon as you have completed your 1824 hours of approved supervised practice (or the period of supervised practice approved by the Board for interns affected by the COVID-19 pandemic), intern training program, passed both registration examinations (written examination and oral examination) and your approved supervised practice hours have been signed off.

Once we have all the required information, we aim to have your complete application finalised within two weeks. That’s if you’ve provided everything we need to assess your application (see ‘When can I apply?’).

If you will not finish your internship within one month of your current provisional registration expiry date, apply to renew your provisional registration.

If you will complete your internship before your current provisional registration expiry date, or within one month after your current provisional registration expiry date, you do not need to renew your provisional registration.

Please contact Ahpra customer service team on 1300 419 495 between 9:00am – 5:00pm Australian Eastern Standard Time to ask for the appropriate form; you will need to provide your provisional registration number, your name and date of birth.

Ahpra will contact you directly to confirm whether you need to renew your provisional registration prior to applying for general registration in the future.

You can download a certificate from your online services account.

If a practitioner or employer wants to check someone’s registration details the safest and most up-to-date way to do so is via the online Register of practitioners which is updated every day.

 

When can I start practising unsupervised

You are registered and entitled to practise unsupervised when you have been granted general registration and your details have been updated and published on the Register of Practitioners.

Ahpra will send you an email to confirm your registration.

No. You cannot work unsupervised as a pharmacist until you have been granted general registration.

You can continue to practise as a pharmacist under supervision while you hold provisional registration.

In most cases, your provisional registration will remain in effect while we assess your application for general registration. That’s if you’ve lodged your application before your current provisional registration expiry date.

However, if you’ve already renewed your provisional registration twice, your registration can’t remain in effect and you will become unregistered on the expiry date.

 

Application and registration fees

You are required to pay an application fee to transition from provisional to general and the annual registration fee for general registration.

See the Pharmacy Board’s schedule of fees for further information on exact fee amounts.

The application fee to transition from provisional to general registration is non-refundable.

If you apply for general registration but do not successfully complete the requirements for general registration or choose to withdraw your application after it has been assessed, we will confirm whether you need to renew your provisional registration to continue to work under supervision and if so, you will be required to pay the annual renewal fee for provisional registration only and not the fee for general registration. Ahpra will refund you the difference between the two amounts.

The Board and Ahpra have made a payment plan available for pharmacy interns applying to renew their provisional registration or applying for general registration who are experiencing genuine financial hardship due to COVID-19. If you meet the criteria, you will be eligible to pay half your registration fee at the time of application, and the second instalment three months later.

Am I eligible?

Registered pharmacy interns renewing their provisional registration or applying for general registration between 28 September 2020 and 30 April 2021 and who have self-assessed as experiencing financial hardship because the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in the practitioner being:

  • underemployed, or
  • unemployed, and/or
  • unable to work because of restriction of or disruption to the delivery of the health service, or caring responsibilities.

This may also include the pharmacy intern becoming the sole earner in their immediate household.

This policy can only apply to a practitioner once prior to 30 April 2021 – either for the application to renew their provisional registration or to apply for general registration.

*Financial hardship means that because of family tragedy, financial misfortune, unemployment, serious illness, impacts of a natural disaster and other serious or difficult circumstances a practitioner is unable to reasonably provide necessities such as food, accommodation, clothing, education, and/or medical treatment for themselves, their family or other dependants, and by extension, the costs associated with their registration.

The COVID-19 pandemic is considered a national health emergency for the purpose of this definition.

What if I don’t meet the financial hardship criteria?

If you don’t meet the financial hardship criteria, you will need to pay the fees in full.

How do I apply for the financial hardship payment plan?

You'll need to complete the application for financial hardship payment plan and receive the outcome from us before renewing your provisional registration or applying for general registration – we can’t consider an application for the financial hardship payment plan if you have already lodged your application for renewal/general registration.

To apply for the financial hardship payment plan, you will need to:

What if I have already renewed/registered but I think I am eligible for the payment plan?

Sorry, we can’t consider applications for the financial hardship payment plan after you have lodged your application for renewal/general registration.

What happens after I apply for the payment plan?

We will review your application and let you know the outcome so that you can proceed with your renewal/ registration application.

If we have any questions, we will call you on your preferred phone number.

How do I pay the second instalment?

We will send you these details separately within three months of your successful application.

 
 
 
Page reviewed 9/10/2020