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Who is the Australian Physiotherapy Council and why do we exist?

The Australian Physiotherapy Council is a not-for-profit public company that has two core responsibilities – we accredit entry-level physiotherapy programs delivered by Australian universities, and we assess overseas practitioners who wish to practice physiotherapy in Australia.

The Council is the appointed accrediting authority for physiotherapy under the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (NRAS) and is authorised by the Physiotherapy Board of Australia which is part of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Ahpra).

What does the Australian Physiotherapy Council do?

The Council undertakes a range of activities as we deliver accreditation and assessment services. These include:

  • Accreditation of entry-level physiotherapy education programs offered by higher education providers
  • Assessment of qualifications and skills of overseas-qualified physiotherapists for registration and migration purposes
  • Provision of advice, recommendations, and consulting services to the Physiotherapy Board of Australia and other relevant organisations, in relation to accreditation and assessment
  • National and international liaison with other professional bodies, regulators and educators on matters related to standards of education and practice and global recognition of physiotherapy qualifications
  • Maintenance and regular review of the Accreditation Standards

What motivates us at the Council?

Our organisational values are our driving force that enables our people to focus on and deliver our purpose.

These values inform how we serve and interact with our stakeholders, partners, and customers, and it is the standard we hold ourselves accountable to.

If we can change somebody's life and give them a great experience on a day to day basis in the way that we deal with them, in making it more efficient, in the way we empower Universities to connect better or to do things better...when we can add the pixie dust, as it were, and make it so much better, so much smoother, more relational...we're creating a better humanity.

Anton Barnett-Harris
The Council's Story
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