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What is Eligibility Assessment?

The Eligibility Assessment is the first step of your assessment journey with the Council.

The Eligibility Assessment is a document-based assessment to ensure you hold an appropriate entry-level physiotherapy qualification. It is required for both the Standard Assessment Pathway and the FLYR Pathway.

As part of the Eligibility Assessment, you will be required to complete the Cultural Safety Training program as well.

What is Eligibility Assessment?

What are the criteria to apply?

The minimum criteria to apply for Eligibility Assessment includes:

  • To be an overseas qualified physiotherapist (with a minimum diploma-level qualification); AND
  • Meeting the educational/qualification requirement for (or already hold) registration without any restriction in your country of training, OR
    Able to legally practice without restriction in your country of training (if no regulatory body currently exists).

What documents will I need to submit?

How much does this assessment cost?

Fees can be found here.

What are the steps to undertake in Eligibility Assessment?

  1. Complete the online application and pay for your application.
  2. Complete Cultural Safety Training program.
  3. Wait for your application outcome from the Council before taking the next step.

Check processing times for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

What do I do after submitting my Eligibility Assessment application?

After you have submitted your Eligibility Assessment, you need to complete the Cultural Safety Training. Once you’ve passed the Eligibility Assessment and completed the Cultural Safety Training, the Council will issue you with an Interim Certificate. Your next step will be undertaking the Written Assessment.

How do I complete the Cultural Safety Training program?

Shortly after payment is received for your Eligibility Assessment application, you will receive an email with instructions to access the Cultural Safety Training program.

What is the free APA Associate membership and professional indemnity insurance?

Once you have completed the Eligibility Assessment and Cultural Safety Training, you will receive the free Associate Membership with the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) and professional indemnity insurance cover. Read the APA membership page for more information.

If you would like to opt-out of this membership, you can do that by checking ‘Opt out’ on your Eligibility Assessment.

What is an Interim Certificate?

The Interim Certificate gives you the opportunity to be eligible to work under supervision and gain clinical skills and experience in Australia.

You will receive your Interim Certificate which is valid for two years after you have successfully completed Eligibility Assessment and Cultural Safety Training. The Interim Certificate meets one of the requirements of Limited Registration for Supervised Practice with Ahpra. When working under limited registration, make sure you have a valid Interim Certificate which expires in 2 years.

We recommend you gain as much exposure and clinical skills in the Australian healthcare system by working under supervision across diverse clinical settings. This can help you be better prepared for your Clinical Assessment.

Can I work with an Interim Certificate?

No, you cannot use your Interim Certificate to practice as a physiotherapist in Australia. The Interim Certificate meets one of the requirements of the Limited Registration for Supervised Practice with Ahpra. Once you have limited registration, you will be able to work under supervision in clinical settings in Australia..

What happens once my Interim Certificate expires?

The Council recommends staying active in your assessment journey and completing all stages as soon as possible. However, if you need to renew your Interim Certificate after its two-year validity, please email us 4 weeks before its expiration date and we can issue you another Interim Certificate.

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