If your University, program and cohort (years of study) has not previously been found to be substantially equivalent to an Australian entry-level program, you may be eligible to apply for an Equivalence of Qualification – New Program.
The purpose of this assessment is to evaluate whether your initial physiotherapy qualification (the first qualification completed that allowed you to practice as a physiotherapist) meets a similar standard to that expected of an accredited Australian entry-level program. This means that we are unable to take any work experience, postgraduate programs, or registration in any other countries into account as part of your application.
Approval for substantial equivalence is based on a detailed analysis of every aspect of your qualification benchmarked against the Australian physiotherapy accreditation standards, and not just the academic content of your program. Please see the Fact Sheet below for more information on the assessment criteria.
This is an extremely detailed and thorough assessment and for this reason, we can’t tell you in the first instance whether or not your application would be successful.
All applications are assessed on their individual merits. Previously unsuccessful applications are not necessarily an indicator that the programs themselves are not substantially equivalent. Rather, the necessary evidence was not provided in order to make this judgement.
The fee of $2200.00 AUD will not be returned for unsuccessful applications. Returns of fee will only be made in accordance with our policy.
To be eligible to apply for an Equivalence of Qualification – New Program assessment, you will need to ensure that:
and that you are:
Apply for an Equivalence of Qualification – New Program
Successful candidates will be issued with a Certificate of Substantial Equivalence of Qualification which will meet the qualification requirement for General Registration. This means that you will not need to undertake any examinations with the Council in order to become eligible for General Registration.
There are a number of other requirements for General Registration – please click here for more information on these.
*** Please note that since 1 April 2018 the Equivalence of Qualification – New Program assessment criteria was updated to align with the new Accreditation Standard for Australian entry-level physiotherapy practitioner programs.
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
You’ll also need your University to complete a Staffing Profile Template which will be submitted with your application to provide information regarding the academic staffing profile of your program.
Download the Staffing Profile Template