Overseas Practitioners

we are the only ASSESSMENT authority for OVERSEAS Physiotherapy Practitioners LOOKING TO WORK IN Australia

Moving to or Already Living in Australia and Thinking About Working as a Physio?

  • To practice as a physio in Australia, you need to hold General Registration with the Australian Physiotherapy Board (the Board), which is part of AHPRA.
  • Most overseas qualified physios need to have their qualifications assessed by the Council to meet the qualification requirement for General Registration with the Board**

Skills Assessment for Migration Purposes?

To apply for a Skills Assessment for migration purposes, you need to meet the qualification requirement for General Registration with the Board.

** Please be aware that the qualification requirement is only one of the requirements for General Registration with the Board and you will be required to meet other requirements and registration standards as set by the Board.

Pathways to Practice Physiotherapy in Australia
(General Registration with the Board/AHPRA)


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Australian Physiotherapy Organisations

Australian Physiotherapy Council (the Council)

  • Assesses the qualifications and skills of overseas qualified practitioners for General Registration with the Board, as well as for migration under the Skilled Migration framework
  • Accredits entry to practice physiotherapy programs (e.g. Bachelor of Physiotherapy) offered by Australian higher education providers
  • Advises the Board and other relevant organisations on matters relating to assessment and accreditation
  • Liaises with other national and international professional bodies, regulators and educators on matters related to standards of education and practice and global recognition of physiotherapy qualifications

Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)

  • Supports the 14 health profession National Boards, of which the Physiotherapy Board of Australia (the Board) is one

Physiotherapy Board of Australia (the Board)

  • Registers physiotherapists and students so they can legally practice in Australia
  • Develops standards, codes and guidelines for the physiotherapy profession
  • Handles notifications, complaints, investigations and disciplinary hearings
  • Approves accreditation standards and accredited courses of study

Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA)

  • Advocates for Australian physiotherapists and their patients
  • Membership organisation: insurance and learning resources (e.g. access to journals, professional development courses)

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