Important information on secondary registration

In August 2020, the Australian Government Treasurer announced that the Commonwealth, state and territory governments had agreed to introduce a uniform scheme for automatic mutual recognition (AMR) of occupational registrations as part of a broader set of red-tape reduction reforms to assist Australia’s recovery. As the Veterinary Board of the Northern Territory remains the only board within Australia which has not updated legislation to reflect the National Recognition of Veterinary Registration, as of 1 July 2021, all secondary registrants and prospective secondary registrants will no longer be required to register or renew in the Northern Territory to work as a veterinarian.

Therefore, a person shall be deemed to be registered as a veterinarian under the Mutual Recognition Act 1992 if that person is registered as a veterinarian under an equivalent Act in another Australian state or territory.

This provision shall only apply in the case of persons holding general and / or specialist registration in another state / territory in Australia. The deemed registration shall be subject to the same conditions, restrictions or limitations (if any) that apply in the primary state or territory of registration.

The deemed registration shall be suspended or cancelled if it is suspended or cancelled in the primary state or territory.

All legal rights and obligations applying normally to veterinarians under the relevant Act in the state / territory shall apply equally to persons deemed to be registered in accordance with the above.

A person must apply for primary registration in the state or territory of their primary place of residence. If a veterinarian moves his / her primary place of residence to another state or territory they shall advise the board in the new state or territory within one month of relocation.

There will be no need to apply for or renew secondary registration in the Northern Territory from 1 July 2021.


Last updated: 12 May 2021

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