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Continuing professional development

Continuing Professional Development – Medical Board requirements


The Medical Board of Australia has published the revised registration standards for continuing professional development (CPD) and recency of practice for Australia’s 100,000 registered medical practitioners.

The revised standards will take effect on 1 October 2016 and are being published now to support a smooth transition.

The revised standards will replace the current standards. Registered medical practitioners must ensure they comply with the revised CPD and recency of practice registration standards from 1 October 2016.

Both standards have been reformatted and reworded to help medical practitioners and applicants understand and comply with them.

Continuing professional development

Registered medical practitioners must ensure they comply with the revised CPD registration standard from 1 October 2016.

The revised CPD registration standard has not changed significantly. All registered medical practitioners must continue to participate in regular CPD activities.

Medical practitioners with specialist registration must continue to meet the requirements set out by their relevant college. Medical practitioners with general registration (who do not have specialist registration) must continue to complete a minimum of 50 hours CPD per year.

For medical practitioners with provisional registration or limited registration, the standard more clearly sets out the requirements to ensure their CPD is linked to their training position and/or supervision plan. The revised standard requires international medical graduates to complete a minimum of 50 hours CPD per year.

Recency of practice

The recency of practice standard has changed and under it, practitioners will need to practise a minimum number of hours to meet the standard. The standard also explains requirements for returning to practice after an absence and requirements for changing scope of practice.

Registered medical practitioners must ensure they comply with the revised recency of practice registration standard from 1 October 2016.

To meet the standard, medical practitioners must practise within their scope of practice at any time for a minimum total of:

  • four weeks full-time equivalent in one registration period, which is a total of 152 hours, or 
  • 12 weeks full-time equivalent over three consecutive registration periods, which is a total of 456 hours.

Full-time equivalent is 38 hours per week. The maximum number of hours that can be counted per week is 38 hours. Medical practitioners who work part-time must complete the same minimum number of hours of practice – this can be completed part-time.

Most practitioners who are currently practising will meet the revised standard.

The change may affect medical practitioners who are currently practising infrequently, or who have had a recent absence from practice or who are currently taking a temporary break from practice. The revised standard has been published well before it takes effect to provide practitioners with enough time to prepare for the changes to the recency requirements.

The Board encourages all medical practitioners to review the revised standard to check whether they will be affected by the change.

If a medical practitioner cannot meet the minimum hours of practice in the revised standard, this will not necessarily prevent them from returning to practice as a medical practitioner. The standard sets out the requirements for medical practitioners who don’t meet the standard, including those with non-practising registration and medical practitioners who are not registered and wish to return to practice after 1 October 2016.

FAQ and a fact sheet (below) on returning to practice are available to assist medical practitioners.

Revised registration standards

Document namePDFAccessible format
Registration standard: Continuing professional developmentPDF (247KB)Word version 
Registration standard: Recency of practicePDF (210KB)Word version  

Revised fact sheet

Document namePDFAccessible format
Fact sheet: Information on returning to practicePDF (314KB)Word version 


The revised standard was approved by the Australian Health Workforce Ministerial Council on 27 August 2015 and was reviewed in a scheduled review of standards which included public consultation. The submissions to the public consultation are published on the past consultations page.

A brief consultation report which outlines the public consultation and the rationale for any changes has previously been published by National Boards.

The new registration standard for Professional Indemnity Insurance started on 1 January 2016. The four registration standards for limited registration will take effect in the first half of 2016 (on a date to be confirmed). More information will be available on the Board’s website in the coming months.

Additional resources

FAQ are available on the Board’s website.

The following additional resources about the revised standards are available on the AHPRA website.

  • letters of approval by the Australian Health Workforce Ministerial Council 
  • consultation reports:
    • Continuing professional development registration standard 
    • Recency of practice registration standard 
    • Professional indemnity insurance arrangements registration standard 

Source: MBA website 9 March 2016

doctorportal Learning



doctorportal Learning is a state-of-the-art, 24/7 accessible, mobile friendly, CPD learning management system for Australian doctors.

Developed with the busy doctor in mind, doctorportal Learning offers:


Free, effortless CPD tracking for members!

doctorportal Learning’s CPD tracking system effortlessly tracks CPD points against Medical Board of Australia/AHPRA requirements  and  against any specialty(s). You can keep up to speed with your mandatory CPD reporting by tracking your progress on a personalised dashboard.

CPD Tracking irrespective of practice:

Progress dashboard with reporting deadlines at a glance.

Medical Board of Australia/AHPRA audit-ready reports at your fingertips.

Upload and track your external learning.


AMA members access learning at discounted rates and for free. AMA members also access CPD tracking for free (worth $240 each year).

How do I get started? Please sign up for doctorportal learning and then create your learning profile to get started.

CPD Tracking


Designed to assist medical professionals track their CPD points and evidence for reporting to the Medical Board of Australia, the CPD tracker is a cutting edge software platform that can track CPD points against almost any medical college.

The Medical Board of Australia (MBA) supports the platform as it assists medical professionals in meeting their MBA reporting obligations, presenting evidence and CPD summaries in a format acceptable to the MBA

doctorportal Learning captures all the information needed for ongoing reporting, including:

  • business reports, such as sales reports
  • CPD compliance, such as medical college activity reports
  • engagement metrics, such as finish rates or time taken to complete a learning module.

doctorportal Learning tracks points against multiple specialties, delivers online and mobile phone-friendly CPD learning, and supports doctors in meeting their Medical Board reporting obligations.

AMA members are now welcome to use this state-of-the-art CPD Tracker to manage their CPD points and professional development activities.

To access this free benefit of membership, please sign up for doctorportal Learning and then create a learning profile in the CPD Tracker.

If you are using the old CPD Tracker, we can help you with the upgrade. The AMA member services team is currently busy transitioning your account so that you will be able to access it in the new tracking system. The member services team will contact you once your account is ready to go.

Not an AMA member?  REGISTER today for your FREE 60 day trial to see how doctorportal Learning can help you manage your CPD.

The AMA member services team is happy to help if you have any trouble accessing this new resource. For assistance or feedback, you can contact member services on

1300 133 655 or


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