The Australian Physiotherapy Council Limited (ACN 108 663 896) is a not-for-profit public company limited by guarantee.

Under the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (NRAS), the Australian Physiotherapy Council Limited (the Council) is the appointed accrediting authority for physiotherapy in Australia pursuant to the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law 2009. The Council is appointed under an agreement with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and reports regularly to the Physiotherapy Board of Australia (the Board).


The Constitution provides the framework for the operation of the Council, outlining the system of governance, the powers of the Board of Directors, and the rights and obligations of its members. The Constitution is a public document and may be accessed here.

Member Organisations

The Council has two current member organisations: the Council of Physiotherapy Deans Australia and New Zealand (CPDANZ), and the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA). The Council works in collaboration with both these organisations for the ongoing improvement of the profession and community.

More information regarding the member organisations can be found on their websites:

Strategic Plan

The Council’s Strategic Plan outlines the strategic goals and objectives of the Council between now and the year 2021 in a manner that acknowledges our major stakeholders and the environment in which the profession operates. The plan acknowledges the objectives and principles of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme, which underpins the core functions of the Council, and include operating in a transparent, accountable, efficient, effective and fair manner to:

  • Help keep the public safe by ensuring that only health practitioners who are suitably trained and qualified to practice in a competent and ethical manner are registered;
  • Facilitate workforce mobility for health practitioners;
  • Facilitate the provision of high quality education and training for practitioners;
  • Facilitate rigorous and responsive assessment of overseas qualified practitioners;
  • Facilitate access to services provided by health practitioners in accordance with the public interest and
  • Enable the continuous development of a flexible, responsive and sustainable Australian health workforce.

The full document may be accessed here.

Strategic Planning

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