Assessment for General Registration

There are two assessment pathways leading to certificates that can be used to meet the qualification requirement for General Registration with the Physiotherapy Board of Australia.

Click on the headings below for more information about each pathway.

undefined The Standard Assessment Pathway


The standard assessment pathway assesses the skills and knowledge of an overseas qualified physiotherapist. A successful candidate receives a Final Certificate, which will meet the qualification requirement for General Registration with the Physiotherapy Board of Australia.

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Click the links below for more information about each assessment in this pathway.

  • The Eligibility Assessment determines whether the applicant has basic physiotherapy qualifications suitable for further assessment. If successful, a candidate is awarded an Interim Certificate, valid for two years. The Interim Certificate can be used to meet one of the requirements to seek Limited Registration for Supervised Practice with the Physiotherapy Board of Australia.
  • The Written Assessment assesses the knowledge, problem-solving and decision-making skills required for safe and competent practice of physiotherapy in the context of Australian healthcare. Patient cases are drawn from the areas of cardiorespiratory, musculoskeletal and neurological physiotherapy in scenarios that are commonly encountered by entry-level practitioners in Australia. The Council offers Written Assessments outside Australia.
  • The Clinical Assessment is a practical assessment of their skills in Musculoskeletal physiotherapy, Neurological physiotherapy, and Cardiorespiratory physiotherapy. Candidates successfully complete the assessment to be awarded the Final Certificate.

 

undefined The Equivalence of Qualification Pathway


The Equivalence of Qualification pathway is intended for overseas trained physiotherapists who hold qualifications that may be considered substantially comparable to an approved Australian entry level qualification.

A successful candidate receives a Certificate of Substantial Equivalence, which will meet the qualification requirement for General Registration with the Physiotherapy Board of Australia.

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Click here for more information about the Equivalence of Qualification pathway.

 

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  Standard Pathway Equivalence of Qualification Pathway
Description Theory and practical assessment of skills and knowledge. Desktop assessment of qualification based on comprehensive documentary evidence.
Duration Approximately 2 Years Up to 6 Weeks
Assessment Fee $AUD (Inc. GST) Eligibility Assessment: $1100.00
Written Assessment: $1900.00 Clinical Assessment: $4125.00
$2200.00
Required to undertake a theory examination? Yes No
Required to undertake a practical examination? Yes No
Minimum requirement of qualification? First professional qualification leading to unrestricted practice as a physiotherapist in the country of qualification. First professional qualification leading to practice without any conditions in the country of qualification. The qualification must also be at least of the following duration:
  • Bachelor program four years in length, or
  • Master program two years in length, or
  • Doctoral program three years in length.
Documents required to be provided from my University Graduation Certificate and Academic Transcript Comprehensive list of documents from the University is required as evidence that the qualification is comparable to an Australian physiotherapy qualification. Most documents are not released to the public and the applicant must specifically raise a request for them with the University.
Do I need to be in Australia to undertake the assessment? The Written Assessment can be undertaken in a number of international locations, however the Clinical Assessment must be completed in Australia. No
Can I apply for Limited Registration under Supervision with the Physiotherapy Board of Australia? Once assessed as suitable for assessment and being issued with an Interim Certificate, meets one of the requirements for Limited Registration under Supervision No
Can I apply for General Registration with the Physiotherapy Board of Australia on successful completion? The Final Certificate meets the qualification requirement for General Registration. There are other requirements that need to be met. The Certificate of Substantial Equivalence meets the qualification requirement for General Registration. There are other requirements that need to be met.

 

Important note:

Please be aware that the Final Certificate and Certificate of Substantial Equivalence meet only one of several requirements the Physiotherapy Board has for General Registration. Please visit www.physiotherapyboard.gov.au for further information.

If an overseas qualified physiotherapist is not an Australian permanent resident or citizen, an appropriate Australian visa needs to be obtained for working in the country. Some visas require an assessment of skills and qualifications for migration purposes. Click here for more information.

 

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