Equivalence of Qualification – New Program

What is an Equivalence of Qualification – New Program assessment?

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.

You Are an Individual…So Let Us Treat You as Such

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.

How Do I Know if I Am Eligible to Apply?

To be eligible to apply for an Equivalence of Qualification – New Program assessment, you will need to ensure that:

  • Your university has confirmed that it can provide the documentary evidence for your years of study required to meet the assessment criteria, as outlined in the Fact Sheet (please see the “What Documents Will I Need” section below)


  • Your initial qualification to practice aligns at least to a Level 7 Bachelor degree in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).  This means that it needs to be clear from the evidence submitted in your application that a graduate of your program gained knowledge and skills (and can demonstrate the application of these) appropriate to this level of qualification at a minimum.

and that you are:

  •  Eligible for (or already hold) registration without any restriction in your country of training


  • Able to legally practice without restriction in your country of training.


Apply for an Equivalence of Qualification – New Program

When I’m Successful?

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.

What Documents will I Need?

*** 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. 

Please download the Equivalence of Qualification – New Program Fact Sheet for a list of documents you’ll need to provide, as well as information on certification.




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


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.

Insurance Coverage?

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

As it is an “opt out” system, you can now indicate via your application form for the Equivalence of Qualification – New Program Assessment if you don’t want your details forwarded to the APA for the purposes of free membership and insurance.

If you choose not to opt out however, you will be automatically covered by the insurance and become APA members as soon as your application is accepted by the APA.

Applications Are as Easy as 1, 2, 3

Check that your qualification meets minimum application requirement (as above)

Check that your University can provide level of documentation required for your years of study (see Fact Sheet)

Complete online application and make payment of $2200.00 AUD

Post two certified copies of your supporting documentation for processing

Receive outcome

Submit further documentation for a fee of $550.00 AUD (if eligible) OR Change to Standard Assessment Pathway (if eligible) OR Discontinue assessment process


For more information on the Equivalence of Qualification – New Program, please contact our Assessment Team an we look forward to discussing your options and helping you in any way I can.


1300 528 003 (Within Australia)
+ 61 3 7018 1499 (Outside Australia)

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