At some stage you may wish to ‘pause’ your membership and/or your APD status. This can be for lots of different reasons, such as having a baby, caring for family, illness, extended travel, or when you’re working in a non-dietetic role.

Deferring membership

Your membership is paid on an annual basis and is non-refundable. If you pay in full for the year and then decide to defer, a refund is not provided (see member fee policy). In this case, it makes sense to defer just your APD status (see below) and retain the membership and member benefits you’ve paid for, for that year.

You are able to defer for a maximum of three consecutive years. While your membership is deferred, you will not have access to any member services or communications.

Please note: deferring your membership will automatically defer your APD status*, and any relevant external groups such as Medicare will be advised of the change. While your APD status is deferred, you cannot use the APD credential or call yourself an APD.

If you have paid your membership in full for the year and are experiencing financial hardship or there are extenuating circumstances, you can apply for a refund in writing to the Chief Executive Officer.

If you pay your membership fees by instalment, and defer part-way through the year and later wish to reinstate your membership in that same year, you cannot pay by instalment at that time. At that time, you would need to pay a pro-rata membership fee for the remaining months of the year, and any applicable admin fees (please see Membership Fees Pay by Instalment).

After your membership has been deferred beyond the maximum three years, it will lapse.

To defer your membership

To defer your membership online, go to your Member Dashboard, select Defer Membership and follow the prompts. If you are an APD, this will automatically defer your APD status as well.

If you are an APD, your CPD logs will need to be up to date before you defer. More information about logging CPD, including how many hours you are required to complete before deferring, can be found here. If you have questions about your CPD requirements, please contact us so we can let you know what you need to do.

Deferring my APD status

You may wish to defer both your membership and APD status, or just your APD status, and keep your membership active.

You may defer your APD status for up to three years, without the need to meet additional requirements when you return to the APD program. If your break lasts for longer than three years, you will need to apply to re-join the APD Program via an alternate pathway.

*Please note: Provisional APDs cannot defer their APD status. For more information, please see the APD Program Handbook or the APD Policy.

*Prior to deferring your membership and/or APD status, your CPD logs will need to be up to date. Your CPD learning goals, activities and learning outcomes must be completed up to the date you intend to defer, for your application to be considered. Each learning goal must have at least one activity allocated to it, and one goal must be related to professional competence. If you defer your APD status after 1 October in any year, you will need to have completed at least 50% of your CPD for that year (i.e 15 hours). Please see here for information about logging CPD, including examples.

For the period that your APD status is deferred, you are not required to meet CPD requirements.

To defer your APD status

To defer your APD status online, go to your Member Dashboard, select My APD and follow the prompts.

When you are ready to reinstate your APD status, and have renewed as a full member (or APD Only), it’s quick and easy to do online – just go to My APD from the Member Dashboard, and follow the prompts. If you have any questions, please contact us. Part-year APD status means you only need to complete a pro-rata CPD requirement for that year.

For further information, please see Taking a Break in the APD Program Handbook.

Lapsed and want to defer?

If your membership lapsed in the current year, you can still defer if you wish to. Please note an admin fee of $55.00 applies for a late application to defer (ie after lapsing). Please contact our Membership Officer for details.


Contact our Membership Officer or our APD Administrator as applicable.