Standard Assessment Pathway

What is the Standard Assessment Pathway?

The Standard Assessment pathway assesses the skills and knowledge of overseas qualified physios as a route to General Registration with the Physiotherapy Board of Australia (the Board), which is part of AHPRA. Registration is necessary to practice as a physio in Australia.


To apply for this pathway, you need to be:

  1. An overseas qualified physiotherapist; AND
  2. Meet the qualification requirement (or already hold) registration without any restriction; OR
    Be able to legally practice without restriction in your country of training.

There are no experience or English language requirements for the Standard Assessment pathway. However, you may be required to produce evidence of these when it comes to applying for registration. For more information please visit the Board’s website.

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 Eligibility 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.


The Pathway

Eligibility Assessment

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Desktop Assessment of Qualification

Cost – $1100
Excluding transaction fee of 1.5%
Processing time – 2 weeks

Award of Interim Certificate

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Written Assessment

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Multiple Choice Examination

Cost – $1900
Excluding transaction fee of 1.5%

Held in March, June, September, and December every year

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Clinical Assessment

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Three Practical Assessments

Cost – $4125
Excluding transaction fee of 1.5%

As a guideline, you should expect to now wait between 6 -14 months to complete all Clinical Assessments

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What Happens When I Successfully Complete All Three Stages?

You will be issued with a Final Certificate which will meet the qualification requirement for General Registration with the Board. There are a number of other requirements for General Registration.  Please check these with the Board directly.


If you are an overseas qualified physio and practicing physiotherapy in Australia is something you would like to explore, please contact our Assessment TeamWe would love to hear from you and help you on your next adventure.

Contact Our Assessment Team 
1300 528 003 (Within Australia)
+ 61 3 7018 1499 (Outside Australia)

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