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Eligibility Assessment

What is the Eligibility Assessment?

The Eligibility Assessment is a simple document-based assessment designed to ensure that you hold an appropriate entry-level physiotherapy qualification and are therefore eligible to continue with the Standard Assessment Pathway.

What Will a Successful Eligibility Assessment Give Me?

Successful Eligibility Assessment candidates will be awarded with an Interim Certificate. This is valid for two years and allows you to meet one of the requirements for Limited Registration for Supervised Practice with the Physiotherapy Board of Australia (the Board), which is a part of AHPRA.  For information on other requirements for Limited Registration for Supervised Practice, please contact the Board directly.

This means that you can practice as a physiotherapist (under certain conditions) to assist you  in preparing for the Clinical Assessment.

Upon a successful outcome, you will be able to download your Interim Certificate and apply for the Written Assessment via your Dashboard.

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.

How Do I Apply?

To be suitable to apply for an Eligibility Assessment, you need to be:

  1. An overseas qualified physiotherapist (with a minimum diploma-level qualification); AND
  2. Meet the educational/qualification requirement for (or already hold) registration without any restriction; OR
    Able to legally practice without restriction in your country of training (if no regulatory body currently exists).

How Does the Eligibility Assessment Work?

The Eligibility Assessment is a points-based assessment.  You will be awarded points based on your ability to meet various criteria.  The total number of points you are awarded will determine if you are suitable for further assessment via the Standard Assessment pathway and if so, which stream you qualify for.

Please see the tables below for further information.

How Many Points do I Need?

Assessment StreamPoints Required
FLYR (Eligibility and Written Assessment only)140
Full Standard Assessment Pathway (Eligibility, Written, and Clinical Assessment)50
Not Eligible for AssessmentLess than 50

How are Points Awarded?

CategoryCriteriaPoints
Country of Entry-Level QualificationCanada, Hong Kong (SAR of China), Ireland, United Kingdom50
Recency of Registration*
*only applies when Country of Entry-Level Qualification criterion has been met
CORU, HCPC, Physiotherapists Board Hong Kong, or Canadian provincial/territorial registration without restriction (as per Country of Qualification) held within past 5 years40
Practice without RestrictionMeet qualification requirement for (or already hold) registration without restriction OR be able to legally practice without restriction in country of training30Minimum requirements to be eligible for assessment
Entry-Level Physiotherapy QualificationDiploma-level or higher20
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What Documents Will I Need?

Please download the Eligibility Assessment Fact Sheet for a list of documents you’ll need to provide, as well as information on upload requirements.

Download the Fact Sheet

What if I Don’t Complete the Standard Assessment Pathway before my Interim Certificate Expires?

If your Interim Certificate expires and you haven’t yet completed the Standard Assessment pathway, DON’T PANIC! This is not required for assessment purposes as long as you hold appropriate indemnity insurance cover for the Clinical Assessment. Click here for more information on this.

Need an Interim Certificate Extension?

You may require an extension to your Interim Certificate if you are working under limited registration at the time it expires and you still haven’t completed the Standard Assessment pathway.

If you require your Interim Certificate extended, please give our Assessment team a call on 1300 528 003 (within Australia) or + 61 3 7018 1499 (outside Australia) or email assessment@physiocouncil.com.au and advise us of the date of expiry of your current Interim Certificate and where you are currently employed as a physiotherapist under limited registration.

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

We consider each case individually, depending on the number of outstanding assessments. We can generally accommodate requests for extension if we find that you have remained engaged with the process and your assessments have been delayed for reasons beyond your control.

Applications are as easy as 1, 2, 3

Complete online application and make payment of $1100.00 AUD

Receive outcome

LET’S TALK ABOUT YOU!

For more information on the Eligibility Assessment, please contact our Assessment Team.  We are looking forward to discussing your options and helping you in any way we can.

CONTACT OUR ASSESSMENT TEAM

assessment@physiocouncil.com.au
1300 528 003 (Within Australia)
+ 61 3 7018 1499 (Outside Australia)

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