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 (with a minimum of a diploma-level qualification); 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 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 & Cultural Safety Training*

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Eligibility – Desktop Assessment of Qualification
Cost – $1120

Cultural Safety Training*
Cost – $225

Award of Interim Certificate
Prices exclude transaction fee of 1.5%

Written Assessment

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Multiple Choice Examination

Cost – $1930
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 – $4200
Excluding transaction fee of 1.5%
FLYR candidates not required to complete this stage

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*From the 15th January 2020, all candidates starting the Standard Assessment Pathway (including candidates in the FLYR stream), will be required to complete the Cultural Safety Training program.

FLYR Stream

FLYR candidates will only need to successfully complete the Eligibility and Written Assessment stages to become eligible to apply for General Registration with the Board.

To qualify for the FLYR stream, you need to have:

  1. Completed your qualification in a nominated country; AND
  2. Have held registration without restriction with the relevant regulatory body within the past 5 years.

Please see the Eligibility Assessment and Written Assessment links in the diagram above for more information.

For more information on FLYR Stream click here.

What Happens When I Successfully Complete All Required 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.

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