Assessment for Skilled Migration

The Council is the assessing authority the occupation of "Physiotherapists" for the purpose of migration to Australia.

There are three different assessments you can apply for:

  • Assessment of Qualifications only for Temporary (Graduate) visa applicants
  • Complete Skills Assessment for Permanent Residence visa applicants
  • Additional Skills Assessment for Permanent Residence Visa Applicant
    • Only available if you have previously completed an Assessment of Qualifications only for Temporary (Graduate) visa applicants. 

Please click on the headers below for more information about this assessment.

undefined Who is this assessment for?

 

Some visas under the General Skilled Migration Program require nomination of an occupation on the "Skilled Occupation List", and assessment of skills for the nominated occupation by the relevant assessing authority. The Council is the relevant assessing authority for the occupation of "physiotherapist".

The Council performs this role separate from its role in assessing qualifications for the purpose of General Registration with the Physiotherapy Board of Australia.

 

undefined What are requirements to apply?

 

To apply for an Assessment for Skilled Migration, applicants must meet one or more of the following requirements:

  • A qualification that is included in the Approved Programs of Study list
  • A Certificate of Substantial Equivalence by the Australian Physiotherapy Council
  • A Final Certificate issued by the Australian Physiotherapy Council
  • Current General Registration without conditions issued by the Physiotherapy Board of Australia
  • Current and unconditional Annual Practising Certificate issued by the Physiotherapy Board of New Zealand

Applicants must also meet the English Language Skills registration standard for physiotherapists.

 

undefined What documents do I need to provide?

 

You will be asked to provide the following during the application process:

  • Passport photo identity page
  • Current photograph
  • Evidence of change of name (if applicable)
  • Graduation certificate for your initial physiotherapy qualification
  • Official results transcript/statement of marks for your initial physiotherapy qualification
  • An Australian Physiotherapy Council Certificate of Substantial Equivalence (if applicable)
  • An Australian Physiotherapy Council Final Certificate (if applicable)
  • Annual Practising Certificate issued by the Physiotherapy Board of New Zealand (if applicable)
  • English Language Test Result (if applicable)

If any of the documents above are in a language other than English, you will need to also have a translated version of the documents. The Council reserves the right to request you to provide translations completed by a translator accredited by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI).

 

undefined Do I need to provide a professional reference to support my application?

 

For the Assessment of Qualifications only for Temporary (Graduate) visa applicants, you will need to provide two professional references to complete a Professional Reference form. This form is included when you send hard copies of your documents to the Council.

For the Complete Skills Assessment for Permanent Residence visas, you will need to provide a Professional Reference form completed for each employer which you are claiming to have gained work experience as a physiotherapist. This form is also included when you send hard copies of your documents to the Council.

Each reference must:

  1. Be signed by you and the referee;
  2. Be dated no more than six months old;
  3. Be from a different hospital or practice
  4. Be for each position held during your employment. If your position changed, you will need to complete a new Professional Reference form (for Complete Skills Assessment for Permanent Residence visas).

If you are a new graduate, you can provide references from your clinical educators/supervisors from two different clinical rotations undertaken as part of your degree instead. Please note that work performed as a student physiotherapist or under limited registration will not be assessed as work performed at the level of a physiotherapist.

If you are self-employed, contact the Council for additional evidence to submit to support your application.

 

undefined Do I need to send certified hard copies of any document?

 

Yes. You will be asked to provide:

  • Passport photo identity page
  • Evidence of change of name (if applicable)
  • Graduation certificate for your initial physiotherapy qualification
  • Official results transcript/statement of marks for your initial physiotherapy qualification
  • Annual Practising Certificate issued by the Physiotherapy Board of New Zealand (if applicable)
  • English Language Test Result (if applicable)

If any of the documents above are in a language other than English, you will need to provide a certified copy of the translated version of the documents. The Council reserves the right to request you to provide translations completed by a translator accredited by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI).

In Australia, the following people are authorised to certify documents:

  • Health professions: Chiropractor, Dentist, Medical practitioner, Nurse, Optometrist, Pharmacist, Physiotherapist, Psychologist
  • Legal professions: Legal practitioner, Patent attorney, Trade marks attorney
  • Court positions: Bailiff, Justice of the Peace, Judge, Magistrate, Registrar, or Deputy Registrar, Clerk, Master of a court, CEO of a Commonwealth court
  • Commissioner for Affidavits, or Commissioner for Declarations (dependent on jurisdictions)
  • Government representatives (elected): Federal, State or Territory or Local
  • Public servants: Federal, State or Territory or Local – employed for five years or more.
  • Bank officer, building society officer, credit union officer, finance company officer – employed for five years or more
  • Veterinary surgeon
  • Accountant (member of ICA, ASA, NIA or CPA, ATMA, NTAA)
  • Minister of religion, or marriage celebrant
  • Member of:
    • Chartered Secretaries Australia
    • Engineers Australia, other than at the grade of student
    • Australian Defence Force (an officer; or a non-commissioned officer with 5+ years of continuous service; a warrant officer)
    • Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy
  • Notary public
  • Holder of a statutory office not specified in another item in this Part
  • Police officer
  • Sheriff or Sheriff’s officer
  • Teacher (full-time) at a school or tertiary education institution

Outside Australia, the following people are authorised to certify documents:

  • Justice of the Peace
  • Notary public
  • Australian Consular Officer or Australian Diplomatic Officer (within the meaning of the Consular Fees Act 1955)
  • Employee of the Commonwealth or the Australian Trade Commission who works outside Australia.

 

undefined Where can I seek migration advice?

 

The Council cannot provide specific migration advice or information on the appropriate visa selection. Advice and information on migration processes and requirements should be obtained from an Australian Embassy, Consulate or High Commission, the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection, or a Registered Migration Agent.

Important information is also available on the Australia Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection website www.immi.gov.au/skilled/general-skilled-migration/

 

undefined Additional Skills Assessment for Permanent Residence Visa Applicants

 

Please use this application if you have previously completed the Assessment of Qualifications only for Temporary (Graduate) visa applicants and now require a Complete Skills Assessment for Permanent Visa Applicants.

The Additional Skills Assessment for Permanent Residence Visa Applicants can only be completed as a hard copy application. Please download the application here.

 

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