Board policy on fee reductions, waivers and refunds
If a veterinary practitioner is able to demonstrate financial or personal hardship, the Board may reduce registration fees or accept fee payment in instalments.
Unless the Board is satisfied that there are special circumstances warranting payment of a reduced fee, veterinary practitioners in Victoria are required to pay full registration fees. The following circumstances are not
considered to be special circumstances:
- working part-time
- an ordinary or foreseeable absence from practice for part of a financial year, including parental leave
- retirement (maintaining general registration so can practise occasionally, including treating own animals)
- leaving Victoria for another jurisdiction, and the costs associated with relocation (see section 6 – Refunds).
Veterinary practitioners who are temporarily leaving practice for more than a year may wish to consider converting their general registration to non-practising registration either permanently or for a temporary period. Fees for non-practising registration are substantially less than general registration fees, and non-practising registrants who later choose to convert back to general registration pay a conversion (from non-practising) fee which is lower than the fee payable to re-register. More information on non-practising registration: Non-practising registration
Veterinary practitioners who surrender their registration in the first half of the practising year, before 1 January, can apply for a refund of half their practising fees. A $60 refund processing fee is deducted from the amount refundable. To surrender registration, please complete the voluntary removal form at this link: Registration removal request
Apply for a fee reduction or refund
To apply for a fee reduction or fee refund, please:
- Download and complete this form:
- Sign the declaration form in the presence of an authorised statutory declaration witness such as another veterinary practitioner, pharmacist of police officer.
- Email the completed signed statutory declaration to the email address on the form.
After receiving the completed form, the Board will assess the request and decide whether to grant a fee reduction, payment plan, waiver or refund. Where a fee reduction has been requested, the Board may offer a payment plan instead of a fee reduction. The Board will advise its decision in writing.
More information on the Board's approach to fee assistance
Download VPRBV Policy: Fee reductions, waivers and refunds
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