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Getting Started

Welcome to the first stage of your assessment journey, as you work towards your goal of becoming a registered physiotherapist in Australia.

This page will introduce you to the different assessment pathways that the Australian Physiotherapy Council offers to overseas qualified physiotherapists. Once you have read this page you should be able to determine which pathway is the right one for you and your circumstances.

Why do overseas qualified physiotherapists need to be assessed?

If you are an overseas qualified physiotherapist who wants to work as a physiotherapist in Australia, you will need to pass certain criteria to meet the standards of physiotherapy practice here in Australia.

The Australian Physiotherapy Council is the assessing authority for overseas qualified physiotherapists wanting to practice in Australia. The Council’s role is to assess the qualifications and skills of overseas qualified physiotherapists for registration and migration purposes.

Once the Council has assessed that you meet the Australian physiotherapy competency standards, and you have received your Final Certificate, you will need to obtain your General Registration from the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Ahpra).

What is the right assessment pathway?

There are a couple of assessment pathways that you may be eligible to apply for if you fit the criteria. We recommend you take the time to read about each pathway to help make an informed decision that suits your situation.

The Council’s assessment pathways:

1. Standard Assessment Pathway

Most of the overseas qualified physiotherapists who apply to be assessed by the Council, undertake our Standard Assessment Pathway.

 

2. FLYR Pathway

To determine if you are eligible for FLYR, check the list of current FLYR approved countries and other requirements.

3. Equivalence of Qualification

To determine if you’re eligible for Equivalence of Qualification, check if your qualification is already on the list of the approved programs.

 

4. Skills Assessment for migration visas

If you need an assessment for migration purposes, please head to the Assessment for Skilled Migration Visas.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I work as a physiotherapist in Australia?

To work as a registered physiotherapist in Australia, you will need to be assessed by the Council.

Once you have been successfully assessed against the Australian standards of physiotherapy practice, you can apply for registration with Ahpra.

Along the assessment pathways, if you have received an Interim Certificate from the Council, you will be able to apply for Limited Registration from Ahpra so that you can work under supervision of a fully registered physiotherapist.

What is the Interim Certificate?

If you’re on the Standard Assessment Pathway or the FLYR pathway, you will be issued an Interim Certificate once you have passed the Eligibility Assessment and completed the Cultural Safety Training.

The Interim Certificate is valid for two years and enables you to meet one of the requirements for Limited Registration for Supervised Practice with Ahpra. Limited registration allows you to work under supervision and gain clinical experience in the Australian healthcare system before you can apply for General Registration as a physiotherapist in Australia. For information on other requirements for Limited Registration for Supervised Practice, please click here.

Who is eligible for the FLYR pathway?

Read our FLYR Pathway page for more information.

What is the Equivalence of Qualification - Existing Program assessment?

If your university, program, and cohort (years of study) match exactly with an entry in our List of Equivalent Programs, then you are eligible to apply for the Equivalence of Qualification – Existing Program assessment.

How do I obtain a skills assessment for migration?

For more information read our Skills Assessment for Migration page.

What are the fees for each assessment along every pathway?

You must pay for each assessment along with your application. For more information head to our Fees page.

Who is Ahpra? What do I need to have for registration with Ahpra?

Ahpra is the registration body for healthcare practitioners in Australia, including all physiotherapists.

To be registered you will need to liaise with Ahpra directly. Head to their registration page.

Are there any English language requirements for the assessment process?

While there are no English language requirements to be completed for the Council’s assessments, all the Council’s assessments are conducted in English.
You will need to provide evidence of English language proficiency to be registered with Ahpra.

If you need to have a Skills Assessment for Migration, you will need to meet English language requirements.

Do I have to be in Australia to begin my assessment?

You do not have to be in Australia to undertake most assessments. You only must be in Australia to complete your Clinical Assessment which is the last assessment on the Standard Assessment Pathway.

What documents will I need for my assessments?

Depending on your assessment pathway there will be a list of documents that you will need to provide to the Council. The required documents can be found under ‘Fact Sheet’ on each assessment web page on the Council’s website.

If I study in Australia, do I still need to complete an assessment process to become eligible for registration?

If you’ve completed an AHPRA Approved Program of Study for physiotherapy in Australia, you would be eligible to apply directly to the Physiotherapy Board of Australia for registration to practise here. That means that you would not require any assessments with the Council for registration purposes. Please visit Ahpra website to search for Approved Programs of Study by profession. Simply select “physiotherapist” and then click Search in order to see a list of programs that will lead to registration upon successful completion.

In the event you wish to complete a course of study to gain specialist knowledge, we recommend contacting the Australian Physiotherapy Association to see if they have a list of courses offered by universities.

What help does the Council offer to complete assessment applications?

The Council’s Assessment team are available to assist with questions about completing assessments. There are also resources, fact sheets and information available on each assessment page on our website.

What should I do if I have special needs?

If you have any special needs that will affect your ability to take the assessments, it is your responsibility to advise the Council. Please email assessment@physiocouncil.com.au well in advance about adjustments that may be required.

FURTHER ASSESSMENT INFORMATION

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