Membership frequently asked questions
From how to update your contact details, to how to join the APD Program, here we answer some of our most asked membership questions.
Or, download our Membership FAQ.
Membership categories and deferring
Member benefit questions
Go to your profile and click the grey pencil to edit details. For more information refer to this step-by-step guide.
You can change your username on the settings tab within your profile.
If you have legally changed your name, please send a certified copy of your certificate of name change to [email protected]. If you are reverting to a name previously used in our system, please email [email protected]. You will not need to supply additional paperwork if we already have it on file.
If you joined Dietitians Australia before June 2020 you will have 2 member numbers. This is because of a membership software upgrade. You can quote either number when contacting Dietitians Australia.
Please note that Practice-based Evidence in Nutrition (PEN) does not use your Dietitians Australia ID (format DA ID #####). It uses the ID number that appears directly under your name in the top banner of your profile.
Medicare uses the APD registration number on your APD certificate.
Membership category and deferring
You can become a member of Dietitians Australia if you're a:
- you're a qualified dietitian
- you're a dietetics student.
Students members need to be enrolled in an Australian dietetics program that:
You can also become a member if you’re an overseas qualified dietitian and your qualifications are recognised through our skills recognition and assessment services.
We offer 3 types of membership:
Affiliate members are overseas-qualified dietitians who live and work overseas and are not eligible for APD status. For more details visit membership categories.
Learn more about changing your category due to a change in work situation. Then email details of your situation to [email protected]
To upgrade from student to full member, you will need to complete and submit our student upgrade forms.
There are two options available:
Change to the parental leave category
Defer your membership and APD credential
Learn more about changing membership categories. Or find out what’s involved with deferring your membership.
Learn more about deferring your membership and/or APD status.
You need to upgrade your membership before you can join the APD Program. To upgrade from student to full member, you will need to complete and submit our student upgrade forms.
After you graduate from an accredited program or complete the Dietetic Skills Recognition (DSR) process, you will enter the Provisional APD Program. As part of the Provisional APD Program, you will:
Learn more about the APD Provisional Program in the APD Handbook.
Go to your profile. Your APD certificate will be on the banner near your name if you are part of the APD Program.
Details on how to become an AdvAPD can be found in the APD Handbook.
If your break is less than three years you just need to reinstate your membership. Once processed, you will be provided with instructions on how to reinstate your APD.
If your break is over 3 years you will need to go through alternate pathways to reinstate your APD credential. Details on alternate pathways can be found in the APD Handbook
Member benefit questions
You may not have an active profile. Go to your profile and click on the ‘Directory profiles’ tab.
Click on the grey pencil and check the box next to ‘Display my record in the public Find a Dietitian directory’.
Check and update your personal details. Click save.
Find out more about PEN, including how to log in, on the PEN page.
Find the latest positions vacant in our jobs board. Open roles are also listed in our weekly member update, sent on Monday afternoons.
Members can list the details of positions vacant for free, whilst a $200 fee applies for non-members. Post your ad online.
Find a locum on our Find a locum or consultant directory.
Contact us at [email protected] or phone 1800 812 942.