Equivalence of Qualification

What is the Equivalence of Qualification Pathway?

The Equivalence of Qualification pathway evaluates whether an overseas physiotherapy qualification could be considered substantially comparable to an accredited Australian entry-level program as a route to General Registration with the Physiotherapy Board of Australia (the Board). General Registration is required in order to practice as a physiotherapist in Australia.


There are no experience or English language requirements for the Equivalence of Qualification pathway. However, you may be required to produce evidence of these when it comes to applying for registration. Please see the Physiotherapy Board of Australia’s (the Board’s) website here for more information on this.

Insurance Coverage?

You are automatically entitled to free insurance and membership with the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA). Please click here for more information.

You can opt out when making your application.

When I’m Successful?

Successful candidates will be issued with a Certificate of Substantial Equivalence which will meet the qualification requirement for General Registration. There are a number of other requirements for General Registration – please click here for more information on these.



This accelerated assessment process:

  1. Allows you to apply for registration and begin working faster.
  2. Ensures you possess the same competencies as entry-level physios qualified in Australia and are therefore safe to practice here.

Are you Eligible for the Equivalence of Qualification Pathway?

The Equivalence of Qualification pathway assesses entry-level qualifications only. That is, the qualification which allowed you to register or practice without restriction in your country of training.

We have already assessed many international University programs and found them to be substantially equivalent to an Australian entry-level qualification.

See List of Equivalent Programs

Equivalence of Qualification Pathway

Let’s Talk about You!

If you are an overseas qualified physio and practising physiotherapy in Australia is something you would like to explore, please get in touch with our Assessment Team.  We would love to hear from you and help you on your next adventure.


1300 528 003 (Within Australia)

+ 61 3 7018 1499 (Outside Australia)

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