How to apply for registration

1. Check if you need to register

Anyone who works as or will use the title 'paramedic' (including people in non-clinical roles) must register with the Board. Students, medics, volunteer ambulance officers and EMTs do not need to apply for registration but registration is open to anyone who can satisfy the Board they are qualified and suitable for registration. Read more about who needs to register.

Online applications to the Board opened at 9am on Monday 3 September 2018.

2. Prepare to apply for registration

Read the information provided by the Board about the registration standards which define the requirements that paramedics need to meet to be registered.

You need to be qualified and suitable for registration. There are different ways to demonstrate your qualifications. For example, you may need to request a transcript or employment documents from relevant institutions.

3. Create an account and apply online

Online registration for paramedics across Australia opened at 9am AEST on Monday 3 September 2018.

This means you can now create an online services account using the 'Apply for registration' button below and begin the registration process, early, to make sure you're ready when paramedicine becomes a regulated profession on participation day on 1 December 2018.

Your registration will not become active or appear on AHPRA's online Register of health practitioners until 1 December 2018 (the date the regulation of paramedicine takes effect). You can continue to practise as a paramedic while your application is being assessed, as long as you have submitted a complete application before this date.

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4. Upload the required documents and make payment

Depending on your background, you may need to upload supporting documents, like copies of qualifications or letters from employers.

To finish your application, make a payment by credit card. The national fees for paramedic registration are a one-time application fee of $190 and an annual registration fee of $275. You’ll get an email confirmation that payment has been received.

5. Wait for an email update about your registration

You’ll get an email from the Board and AHPRA to let you know the outcome of your registration application or if we need more information from you.

Once you application is submitted you can also track its progress by logging into your AHPRA online services account.

You can call yourself a ‘paramedic’ while your registration application is being considered as long as you submit the complete application before participation day (the day regulation of paramedicine takes effect).

However, it is an offence under the National Law (and penalties may apply) if you call yourself a ‘paramedic’ and have not submitted a complete application before participation day. It is also an offence to call yourself a ‘paramedic’ if your registration application has been considered and you have not been granted registration.



Demonstrating your qualifications for registration

A number of pathways are available under the National Law for you to demonstrate that you are qualified for registration.

Holding an approved or accepted qualification, or satisfying the Board through one of the three time-limited ‘grandparenting’ pathways are all ways that can be used to demonstrate that you are qualified to apply for registration as a paramedic. These grandparenting pathways will be available for a limited period of three years from participation day on 1 December 2018.


Why you must be registered as a paramedic

The National Law is primarily concerned with protecting the health and safety of the public. It National Law provides strong penalties for those who breach it.  From 1 December 2018, it will become an offence for a person who is not registered with the Board under the National Law to:

  • use the title ‘paramedic’ or ‘paramedicine’
  • claim to be qualified to practice as a paramedic, or
  • otherwise hold themselves out as a paramedic.

The National Law also requires that employers and engaging organisations (e.g. volunteer organisations) must ensure that the people they hold out or employ as paramedics are registered.

Under the National Law, a person must be a registered paramedic if they:

  1. use the title ‘paramedic’ with or without any other words (s. 116(1)(a))
  2. take or use a title, name, initial, symbol, word or description that, having regard to the circumstances in which it is taken or used, indicates or could be reasonably understood to indicate, that the person is a paramedic or is authorised or qualified to practise in the paramedicine profession(s. 116(1)(b))
  3. claim to be registered under the National Law or hold themselves out registered under the National Law (s. 116(1)(c)), or
  4. claim to be qualified to practise as a paramedic (s. 116(1)(d))

It is not a breach of the National Law for a person to use the knowledge and skills of a paramedic without being registered provided they do not contravene the above provisions. However, in addition to the use of the title ‘paramedic’, other organisations such as employers or insurers may require you to register.

 
 
Page reviewed 16/10/2018