There is a range of CPD requirements for registered psychologists set by the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA), Medicare Australia and the APS depending on individual circumstances. When seeking an exemption psychologists need to ensure they follow the relevant process with each organisation.
Psychologists who hold general registration can apply to the PsyBA for an exemption of CPD requirements in special circumstances. The PsyBA Policy for the Exemption of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Requirements outlines the requirements and application process. You will need to apply for an exemption from the relevant PsyBA Regional Board for your State/Territory and request notification of your reduced requirements in writing from the PsyBA.
For both Medicare Psychology and Medicare Clinical Psychology providers, where an exemption has been granted by the PsyBA that applies to CPD related to general registration as a psychologist or endorsement in clinical psychology, this exemption will be recognised by Medicare Australia.
The APS will honour CPD exemptions and pro rata arrangements granted by the PsyBA. Members are required to monitor any exemptions and pro rata arrangements themselves, and at the time of the next annual APS membership renewal indicate through a declaration that they have complied with any adjusted CPD requirements applicable to their APS membership.
You may be eligible for a membership fee reduction for reduced income while on maternity or paternity leave.
Click here for information about APS fee reductions.
Click here for more information about CPD requirements and exemptions in the detailed guidelines.
Click here for information on the PsyBA CPD exemption policy, which also outlines how to apply.