Payment of a renewal fee is required each year. The fees may change each year and you can find the current fees on the OBA website. You will need a VISA card or MasterCard when paying online.
Changing registration type
You may wish to change your registration type if you are temporarily not practising, for example, on maternity or paternity leave, or are practising overseas. In this situation you can change your registration to ‘Non-practising’. Optometrists with non-practising registration cannot undertake any practice of optometry in Australia regardless of whether or not they are being remunerated.
There is a reduced fee for non-practising registration. The OBA’s professional indemnity insurance registration standard and continuing professional development registration standard do not apply to optometrists holding non-practising registration.
However, the OBA advises all optometrists considering moving to non-practising registration to consider their circumstances and the requirements for applying for general registration again in the future.
This may involve returning to work under supervision. More information can be found in the ‘Recency of Practice Registration Standard’ and ‘Optometrists returning to practice or significantly altering their scope of practice fact sheet’ on this page.
Each year when renewing your registration you are stating that you comply with each of the OBA’s registration standards, which can be found on this page.
If you do not meet one of these standards, for example, if you have not done enough CPD, it is better to declare this to AHPRA than for this fact to be discovered in its yearly random audit of optometrists. Penalties apply for false declarations and your future registration may be affected.
Contact Optometry Australia for advice before renewal time if you have any concerns about meeting the registration standards. Email email@example.com or phone 03 9668 8560.
CPD can be easily tracked in the Member Hub at MyCPD (login required). New graduates are reminded that in their first year of graduation, they are still expected to complete CPD, with the requirements pro-rated for the points required over the rolling AHPRA two-year CPD period compared to the period for which they have been registered.
For example, if you graduated in January you will need 11/24 x 80 points = 37 CPD points by the time your first AHPRA renewal is due on 30 November in the same year in which you graduated. An exemption on CPD may be granted by the OBA for periods of up to 12 months for circumstances such as maternity or paternity leave. Information on applying for an exemption can be found on this page.
One of the other areas of common non-compliance in audits is the CPR certificate. Remember to renew this every three years. Your local Optometry Australia state organisation will hold regular CPR courses or you can undertake a course with approved providers such as the Australian Red Cross, Surf Lifesaving Australia, St John Ambulance Australia and Royal Life Saving Australia.
If you are audited, Optometry Australia will assist you through this process. Simply call 03 9668 8500.