Documents required for your application

The online form will prompt you to upload the supporting documents needed for your application. You can save your progress in the form and come back later to upload documents when you have them ready.

After your application is submitted, you will receive an email confirming it is received. Read about how to track the progress of your application.

You do not need to provide certified copies of any documents unless you are asked by AHPRA to do so.

All uploaded files must:

  • be in colour, clear and legible 
  • be clearly titled in English (no special characters) 
  • be in one of the following formats: JPEG, BMP, GIF, PNG, PDF, DOC, DOCX, or TIFF 
  • be unencrypted (e.g. an unencrypted PDF) 
  • be an uncompressed file 
  • have a minimum resolution of 300 dpi, and 
  • have a file size less than 10MB.

You will need to upload copies of documents that prove your identity such as your passport, birth certificate, citizenship certificate, Immicard, motor vehicle licence and Medicare card. Paramedicine applicants do not need to provide certified copies unless asked by AHPRA to do so.

If you provide one or more previous names in your online application, or provide evidence in one or more previous names, you must upload copies of your name change documentation.

If you are a recent graduate with an approved or accepted qualification, please upload a copy of your qualification certificate and academic transcript if you have them. A recent graduate is someone who has completed an approved or accepted qualification in the last two years.

All other applicants will be required to upload a copy of their qualification/training certificate, academic transcript and other documents as stipulated in the application form.

All qualifications listed on the Board's website can be selected in the online application form. If your qualification is not listed when you apply for registration, please provide as much information and evidence as possible with your application form.

AHPRA and the Board may require you to provide additional evidence relating to your qualifications, training, further study or employment, while your application is being processed.

If you are a recent graduate (i.e. completed your course within the past two years) with an approved qualification or an accepted qualification, please upload a copy of your qualification certificate and academic transcript if you have them.

All other applicants who hold an approved or accepted qualification will be required to upload this documentation.

AHPRA may verify these with the provider.

If you do not hold an ‘approved’, 'substantially equivalent' or ‘accepted’ qualification listed on the Board website, you will need to follow a grandparenting pathway to demonstrate your competence to the Board.

The Board will assess qualifications in paramedicine that meet the criteria as stipulated in the section “What is an adequate qualification” in the Grandparenting FAQ. These qualifications will be added to a list on the Board’s website.

If you have an adequate qualification as listed on the Board’s website, you will be required to upload a copy of your qualification certificate and academic transcript.

AHPRA may verify these with the provider.

The Board will assess diplomas and advanced diplomas in paramedicine that meet the criteria in “What if I don’t have an approved, substantially equivalent, accepted or adequate qualification” from the Grandparenting FAQ. They will be added to a list on the Board’s website.

If you have a diploma or advanced diploma (except from the NSW Ambulance Servicelisted on the Board’s website under ‘accepted qualifications’, you will be required to upload a copy of your qualification with your application form.

AHPRA may verify these with the provider.

Other qualifications, further study and training not listed on the Board’s website

If you do not have a diploma or advanced diploma listed on the Board’s website you can enter information on the application form about other qualifications, further study and training which will be assessed using the criteria listed in the section “What if I don’t have an approved, substantially equivalent, accepted or adequate qualification” in the Grandparenting FAQ.

To support your application, you will need to upload:

  • a copy of your qualification award document, or evidence of the successful completion of training or academic transcript, and 
  • a copy of the course outline(s) with information on learning outcomes, assessment details, clinical contact hours and total study hours.

AHPRA may verify these with the provider.

If you do not have a diploma or advanced diploma listed on the Board’s website under ‘accepted qualifications’, you must also upload evidence of completing of a period of supervised practice. This must be formal, signed documentation from an employer or supervisor attesting to the nature and extent of the supervised practice undertaken. This must include:

  • the total hours of direct and indirect supervision 
  • dates and duration of that supervision, and 
  • evidence the supervision was concluded with an assessment or final sign-off procedure

If you are applying under pathway c of grandparenting you will need to upload evidence that demonstrates your five years of practice in the profession within the last ten years which satisfies the Board that you are competent to practice as a paramedic.

Suggestions for documents to include in your verifiable portfolio of evidence are listed on the Grandparenting pathways diagram on the on the Board’s website.

If your qualification from overseas is found to be substantially equivalent or based on similar competencies to an approved qualification, you will be qualified for general registration in paramedicine.

If you have a qualification listed on the Board’s website, you will be required to upload a copy of your qualification certificate and academic transcript.

If your qualification is not listed on the Board’s website, enter any information available requested on the application form. Your qualification will be assessed against the criteria established by the Board for an approved qualification. Please upload as much evidence as possible with your application.

If you currently, or have previously been registered as a health practitioner overseas during the past ten years, (for example with HCPC), you must arrange for a Certificate of Good Standing or Certificate of Registration Status (different to evidence of current registration/practising certificate) to be forwarded directly from the registration authority to the AHPRA NSW office. Certificates must be dated within three months of your application being received by AHPRA.

Please also see the information under English language skills below.

Additional information can be found on the AHPRA website.

There are four pathways to meet the Board’s English Language Skills Registration Standard. A diagram explaining these pathways and other information on this registration standard is available on the English Language Skills Registration Standard page.

If your qualification is listed on the Board’s website, you are required to provide information detailing the education you are relying on in the English language skills section of the online application form (for example, applicants under the primary language pathway are required to enter details of primary and secondary education). You will not be required to upload any documentation about the education listed with your application.

If your qualification or training that you are relying on to demonstrate that you have the required English language skills were not completed in Australia or New Zealand, you must provide confirmation that the course was taught and assessed solely in English.

If your transcript (that you have provided to support assessment of your qualification of training) does not show that the program of study was taught and assessed solely in English, including the clinical aspects of the program involving direct communication with patients, relatives and other healthcare professionals, you will also need to arrange for a letter to be sent directly to AHPRA by your education provider.

If you have sat an English language test, you will need to enter the test reference number and the test scores into the online form. You will not be required to upload a copy of the test results.

You do not need to undergo an Australian criminal history check yourself. AHPRA will conduct one for you as part of your application.

If you disclosed a criminal history in Australia or overseas in your online application, you must provide details of the circumstances in a written statement with your application. If you have any documents available to support your statements, you will be asked to upload these with your application. The Board will decide whether your criminal history is relevant to your ability to practise your profession.

For further information on the factors the Board will consider in making this decision, see the Criminal History Registration Standard and fact sheet.

If you disclosed a criminal history outside of Australia or you have lived overseas in one country for six consecutive months or longer, you will need to arrange for an international criminal history check (ICHC) report from an AHPRA-approved vendor and provide us with the reference details. The vendor will provide the results of the check directly to AHPRA.

NB:  If you require an ICHC from the UK you will need to provide a copy of your work visa through AIS.  If you don’t have a copy, please apply for your ICHC through Fit2Work.

An international criminal history check is not required by Australian Military/Defence personnel who have served overseas. However, a statutory declaration stating that you have no criminal history in any country you have served in is to be provided in place of an international criminal history check.

An international criminal history check is also not required by other health practitioners who registered in Australia for the first time from February 2015 and submitted an ICHC with that application. As long as there has been no change to your circumstances since then (i.e you haven't lived overseas in one country for more than six months or been charged with an offence overseas), you do not need to apply for another ICHC with this application.

If you disclosed an impairment in your online application, you must provide a written statement with details of that impairment and how it is managed with your application. If you have any documents available to support your statements, you will be prompted to upload these with your application. The Board will decide whether your impairment is relevant to your ability to practise your profession.

You must make successful payment of the required fees (a one-off application fee and your annual registration fee). This is made online via credit card or debit card and is the final step in your application before it is submitted.

 
 
 
Page reviewed 4/12/2018