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.
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.
Click the links below for more information about each assessment in this 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.
Click here for more information about the Equivalence of Qualification pathway.
|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
|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:
|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.|
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.