Getting documents notarised for AHPRA

Being registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Ahpra) (sometimes mis-spelled as Aphra) allows medical professionals from around the world work in Australia.

What is Ahpra?

 Ahpra is the organisation responsible for the implementation of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme across Australia. Their job is to verify the professional credentials and identity of medical professionals so they are able to work in Australia. This involves certifying various documents in that regard and there are specific and detailed formalities that those documents have to comply with.

How does Ahpra benefit you?

 Foreign medical practitioners who wish to move to Australia for work, must be accredited by Ahpra. If you’re a medical professional currently based in Ireland, and you’re looking to emigrate to Australia and also want to continue working, you must first be accredited and registered as a professional by Ahpra. 

When you apply to be accredited by Ahpra, you will be required to provide various documents to satisfy the agency’s requirements. These documents need to be certified by a qualified individual and, in practice, only Irish notaries can meet the relevant requirements. 

It is also technically possible for Australian Consular and Diplomatic Officers and certain employees of the Australian Trade Commission to certify the relevant documents in Ireland but in practice Irish notaries are usually the best option. You can get the information you need from the Australian Embassy Ireland online

The process of applying for Ahpra registration is often long; several documents and checklists typically need to be submitted. Your specific requirements will depend on the nature of your qualifications (specialist qualifications will require extra documents), where you were born (for English language proficiency) and your medical history and any criminal record.  

What documents are needed for your application?

 You will need to find out which documents are needed for your application before you seek notary services. We can notarise all of the documents you require to fulfil the requirements of your application. The documents you need are likely to include things like degree certificates, passports, and driving licences. They may also include confirmation of English language proficiency.  

Medical professions

 The documents you need to submit depend on the area of the medical profession you wish to work in. Applications can be made in relation to all of the following areas:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practice
  • Chinese medicine
  • Chiropractic
  • Dental
  • Medical
  • Medical radiation practice
  • Nursing and Midwifery
  • Occupational therapy
  • Optometry
  • Osteopathy
  • Paramedicine
  • Pharmacy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Podiatry
  • Psychology

 What next?

Dublin 2 Notary is experienced in notarising documents for Ahpra. Contact us if you need any assistance on +353 1 6877762 or by email or if we can help to answer any questions. You can book appointments directly online and out of hours and weekend appointments are also available for people who may be working unsociable hours (please email for details).