AHPRA requires doctors to meet Recency of Practice in order to be eligible for Registration in Australia.  


To meet the Recency of Practice standard, you must work within your scope of practice for a minimum of: 

  • 4 weeks full-time clinical practice in 12 months  
  • 12 weeks full-time clinical practice in 3 years 


AHPRA considers 38 hours per week as full-time. If you are working less than these hours per week, you will need to ensure you have worked for the minimum number of hours to meet Recency.  


Additionally, 38 hours is the maximum number of hours that can be counted per week. 


Something to keep in mind is that your recent practice must be within your intended scope. For example, if your applying for registration as a General Practitioner, you’ll need to have recent experience in the scope of General Practice  


If you do not meet Recency of Practice, AHPRA may impose conditions on your application or refuse your application.  



If you have not practiced for 1 – 3 years: 

  • You will need to complete the equivalent of at least 1 years’ Continued Professional Development Activities, relevant to your area of practice to demonstrate your clinical knowledge and skills. 


If you have not clinically practiced for over 3 years: 

  • You will need to prepare a Re-Entry to Practice Plan for the Boards consideration 


This plan will demonstrate CPD activities you plan to complete, your identified limitations in practice and will detail professional development activities you have undertaken in the last 12 months. Additionally, you will need to include a proposed orientation to the practice, a supervision plan and procedures in place if the learning needs are not adequately met. 


We recommend only preparing a Re-Entry to Practice Plan if there are extenuating circumstances that do not allow you to return to a Country where you have Medical Registration.  


The easiest way to meet Recency of Practice is to return home and practice for the minimum number of weeks in your intended scope of practice. 


Please note, the equivalent of 1 years’ CPD activities is a minimum of 50 hours within a 12-month period. 



Clinical practice is defined as working as a medical practitioner with patients. Whereas Non-Clinical Practice is defined as using the knowledge and skills attained in your medical training but not working directly with patients. 


For this reason, to meet Recency of Practice you do not need to have direct contact with patients but be working in a role related to medicine where you are using your medical knowledge. This includes working as a Medical Administrator, Teaching, Research or Medical Policy. 


Whilst an Observership is great for familiarising yourself with the System and AHPRA will look favourably on this, it will not actually count as Recency of Practice. 


Additionally, tutoring Medical Students or IMG’s will not count as Recency of Practice under Teaching, you will need to be employed at a university teaching medical students to meet Recency of Practice through teaching. 


However, you will still need to ensure you complete the minimum number of hours in the role to meet Recency of Practice.  



If you are looking for further guidance on Recency of Practice, CPD Plans or Re-Entry to Practice Plans or would like to ask further questions about the information mentioned, this is something our team can help you with. Contact us directly on admi[email protected]. 


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People Medical Consulting are a team of professionals with a passion for guiding those specialising in the Medical industry to find their career pathway and settle into Australia. Working with both Australian trained and Overseas trained professionals, we have extensive experience in Recruitment of General Practitioners and Document Assistance for those requiring support with RACGP, AHPRA, 19AA and 19AB Medicare Exemptions. 

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