Registered in Australia?
If you are currently registered as a podiatrist/chiropodist in Australia, you may be able to apply for registration in New Zealand under the Trans Tasman Mutual Recognition Act 1977.
For further details please read through the website or contact the Board.
This application form is for Australian registered podiatrists wishing to register in New Zealand under the Trans Tasman Mutual Recognition Act (TTMRA) 1997.
Please note: in order to practice in New Zealand you must not only be registered but also hold a current Annual Practising Certificate (APC).
Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Act 1997
Information on Applying for Registration in New Zealand as a Podiatrist
In August 1997 the New Zealand Parliament enacted the Trans Tasman Mutual Recognition Act. It recognises the regulatory standards adopted in Australia regarding goods and occupations.
Mutual Recognition Principle
The Act allows people registered in Australia and New Zealand who practice substantially the same registered occupations, to move freely between both countries. For those professions where there is State registration in Australia, (podiatry is not registrable in the Northern Territories) participation in this process applies to New Zealand and those States which have enacted similar legislation.
If you are registered to practice podiatry or an equivalent occupation in a participating Australian jurisdiction, you are entitled to seek registration in the equivalent occupation in New Zealand. This right is exercised by giving a written notice in the form of a statutory declaration, paying the application fee, and providing evidence of entitlement to practice your occupation by supplying a current practising certificate (for NZ), current registration (for Australia) or other document evidencing current entitlement to practice podiatry (see application form below).
Trans Tasman Mutual Recognition therefore provides an alternative avenue for obtaining registration in New Zealand. Applicants have the choice of applying for registration under the Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Act 1997 or under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003.
Podiatrists remain accountable for acting with appropriate professionalism as required by the statutes of each jurisdiction. In New Zealand the practice of podiatry is governed by the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003. If the Board approves your registration, you will be invoiced for an Annual Practising Certificate. All registered podiatrists are required by law to hold an Annual Practising Certificate to practice podiatry in New Zealand. (This is equivalent to being required to renew registration annually in Australia.)
Within one month of your written notice, details, and fee being received by the Podiatrists Board, your application for registration will either be granted, postponed, or refused.
The Board makes inquiries of the authorities of any jurisdictions in which you are registered regarding your activities in podiatry or equivalent occupation and any matters relevant to your written notice.
The Board may postpone or refuse the grant of registration if:
- Any of the statements or information in the notice required by section 19 are materially false or misleading; or
- Any document or information required by section 19 is materially false or misleading; or
- Any document required by section 19 has not been provided; or
- The Board determines that the occupation in which registration is sought is not an equivalent occupation, and that equivalence cannot be achieved by the imposition of conditions.
- The circumstances of the applicant have materially changed since the date of the notice or the date it was given.
Pending the grant or refusal of registration, you are deemed to be registered and are entitled to practise podiatry in New Zealand. The Board may impose conditions on deemed registration to achieve equivalence of occupations, to match conditions that apply to your registration in an Australian jurisdiction, or to implement the Trans-Tasman mutual recognition principle in relation to occupations.
Deemed registrants are notified of the Board's decision within one month of their date of giving written notice. There is a right of review of the Board's decision to impose conditions on, or to postpone the grant of, or to refuse the grant of registration.
If the Board grants you registration, it may impose conditions to achieve equivalence of occupations, or to match conditions that apply to your registration in an Australian jurisdiction, or to implement the Trans Tasman mutual recognition principle in relation to occupations. Once granted, registration takes effect as if it had been granted immediately on the giving of the written notice.
Frequently Asked Questions
Questions from those applying to register under Trans Tasman Mutual Recognition legislation:
Can I pay the registration fee in a currency other than $NZ?
No. Payment must be in New Zealand dollars.
My employer will pay my registration fee, but wants an invoice from the Board. Will the Board issue an invoice?
No, we do not issue invoices for registration fees, but a receipt will be issued with the letter acknowledging your application.
Can I practice once I have submitted my TTMR application to the Board?
If all the documentation is in order you are deemed to be registered and can practice, pending registration by the Board and the issuance of a Practising Certificate. The Board has one month to decide to defer registration if false or misleading information has been supplied; or the applicant's circumstances have materially changed since the date of application; or the Board determines that the occupation in which registration is sought is not an equivalent occupation.