Equivalence of Qualification – New Program

PLEASE NOTE: Major changes to the Equivalence of Qualification – New Program assessment.

As of 26 March 2021, the Council will no longer accept new applications for the Equivalence of Qualification – New Program assessment.

Candidates who have started and not yet completed their application, must complete, submit and make payment by 26 March 2021.

Here are key dates to take note of:

Due to a significant volume of applications, the Council advises Equivalence of Qualification – New Program candidates the current timeframe will be up to 14 weeks for the validation of documentation, and a further 14 weeks for assessment of all documentation. It is recommended that candidates who are already in the process, submit their documentation as soon as possible to meet the deadlines outlined in the table above. Thank you for your understanding and patience.

What Documents will I Need?

Please download the Equivalence of Qualification – New Program Fact Sheet for information on the assessment criteria, as well as instructions on how to provide your supporting evidence.

Universities can download the University Guidelines for further information on what they’ll need to do to supply us with supporting evidence for an Equivalence of Qualification – New Program assessment application.

Download University Guidelines

We strongly recommend that you use the Self-Assessment Tool to ensure you’re satisfied that all criteria have been adequately covered in your application.  A copy of this document should be included in your submission for the assessors’ reference.

Download the Self-Assessment Tool

So that we can request supporting evidence to meet the criteria from your university, a representative will need to complete the University Contact Nomination Form

Download the University Contact Nomination Form

As part of your application, you’ll need to include a template document completed (and stamped) by your University mapping your program to the Physiotherapy Practice Thresholds.

Download the Physiotherapy Practice Thresholds Template

Your University can use our Staffing Profile Template to provide information regarding the academic staffing profile of your program.

Download the Staffing Profile Template

We also have an optional Assessment Matrix template your University can complete to map assessment tasks to learning outcomes in individual subjects.

Download the Assessment Matrix Template

When my application is successful

Successful candidates, who have also completed their Cultural Safety Training, will be issued with a Certificate of Substantial Equivalence of Qualification which will meet the qualification requirement for General Registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Ahpra). This means that you will not need to undertake any examinations with the Council in order to become eligible for General Registration.

There are several other requirements for General Registration – please click here for more information on these.


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