Announcing Remote Written Assessment

August 31st, 2020

Darren Lee

General Manager - Assessment

Australian Physiotherapy Council


The Australian Physiotherapy Council’s usual Written Assessment in physical assessment venues, has been severely disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. We know this is challenging for candidates who are eager to join the Australian physiotherapy profession.

Today we are pleased to officially announce the Council’s transition to a Remote Written Assessment model.

We are also extending the application deadline for the December 2020 Written Assessment for an extra week until next Tuesday 8th September.

If you have already applied and paid to complete the Written Assessment in December 2020 or March 2021, our team will be in touch with you via email with regards to changes to your assessment venue.

So, what’s the good news?

Because we are customer obsessed, and care deeply about our customers and stakeholders, we couldn’t accept the reality that candidates may have to put their lives and plans to become registered practitioners in Australia on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

So, we have recently decided to offer our Written Assessment 4 times a year remotely in various international timezones.

What does Remote Written Assessment actually mean?

Earlier this year we had to rapidly pivot and trial a remotely delivered Written Assessment, when COVID-19 restrictions prevented many physical assessment venues from being used at that time. The trial was a solid success, and we now have confidence about this approach for the future.

From today candidates will be able undertake their computer based online Written Assessment in their own home, with a secondary device to enable a professional supervisor/invigilator to observe in real time candidates during their assessment.

Why is the Council moving to predominantly Remote Written Assessment, instead of physical assessment venues?

Because of COVID-19 restrictions outside of the Council’s control, even if assessment venues are booked, the Council cannot guarantee that these sessions will be able to proceed.

Many candidates have told us that the Remote Written Assessment was convenient and easy to access. It also offers access to candidates based in locations around the world to undertake the Written Assessment.

What do candidates need to sit the Council’s Remote Written Assessment?

Put simply, candidates will need:

  • A quiet, undisturbed personal space with a desk, where they can complete the two x 2hr sessions (held on the same day with a break in between)
  • Personal computer to access the multiple choice Written Assessment online platform (the same online platform that is used in physical assessment venues)
  • Secondary (2nd) device set up to allow the professional supervisor to observe the candidate’s assessment environment during the entire session
  • To complete a Compatibility Test one to two weeks prior to Assessment day, to ensure that the set up works as expected and allows for smooth process on the Assessment Day

 What if I can’t or don’t want to do the assessment remotely?

As we transition to Remote Written Assessment, there will be less opportunities to attend a physical assessment venue.

The Council believes this transition is the best practice for the future, and allows a greater number of candidates to keep proceeding through the Standard Assessment Pathway, even when physical assessment venues cannot be used. There will still be limited opportunities to attend a physical assessment venue. For more information regarding Remote Written Assessment timezones and physical venue locations, please visit the Written Assessment page on our website.

How do I find out more details about Remote Written Assessment?

The first place to go to for more details about this new delivery mode is the Council’s website.


After reading this information, if you still have questions, you can contact our Assessment Team on assessment@physiocouncil.com.au


Thank you for your patience as we respond and support all our international candidates.

In the meantime, please stay safe and healthy.


From Darren Lee, General Manager, Assessment on behalf of the Council Village

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