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APC - Physiotherapists

Australian Physiotherapy Council

Physiotherapists

Information for Physiotherapists regarding visas and immigration to Australia.

On this page you will find all forms and information documents pertaining to Physiotherapists.

Overview:

If you wish to migrate to Australia under the General Skilled Migration Program (in the occupational category, Physiotherapist), you are required to have a skills assessment undertaken by APC (Australian Physiotherapy Council) before applying to migrate.  

PROCEDURES FOR ASSESSMENT OF VERSEAS QUALIFIED PHYSIOTHERAPISTS

The Australian Physiotherapy Council has responsibility for the process of assessment of overseas qualified physiotherapists for two purposes: 

  1. for professional recognition for registration to practise as a physiotherapist in Australia;and 
  2. for recognition as a physiotherapist for migration purposes. 

Only physiotherapists who:

  • who hold an accredited entry-level qualification in physiotherapy completed at a university in Australia, and/or
  • who hold a current certificate of full registration (practising certificate) with any State/Territory Physiotherapists' Registration Board in Australia or the New Zealand Physiotherapists' Board

are not required to undertake the professional examinations in physiotherapy and can apply for assessment for migration purposes.

The Australian Physiotherapy Council assessment process for overseas qualified physiotherapists who are required to complete the professional examinations in physiotherapy has three stages:

  1. Eligibility Assessment
  2. Written Examination
  3. Clinical Examination
THE  PROCESS FOR ASSESSMENT OF ELIGIBILITY FOR PROFESSIONAL EXAMINATIONS

A physiotherapist who completed his or her entry level qualification overseas must complete and submit Form 1249 and include all documentation specified in the form. The form and documentation is used to assess whether the applicant satisfies the eligibility criteria.

Overseas qualified physiotherapists are who are assessed as eligible are advised of their candidature and are expected to sit the next available session of the Written Examination. Candidates can apply to defer the Written Examination to the following session. If a candidate does not attempt the written examination within the first two sessions of his or her candidature, the file will be closed. Once a file is closed, the physiotherapist must re-apply for eligibility assessment

The application will be assessed for evidence that:

  1. the studies leading to the physiotherapy qualification are equivalent to Bachelor level or higher in the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF)
  2. the studies leading to the physiotherapy qualification are equivalent in duration to no less than three academic years. If the physiotherapy qualification is a graduate entry program, the prior studies will be assessed as being part of the studies leading to the qualification.
  3. the course curriculum included a depth and breadth of supervised clinical practice in cardiorespiratory, musculoskeletal and neurological physiotherapy, and theoretical and practical aspects of electrotherapy to an accredited entry level program in Australia.
  4. the course curriculum included similar content and duration of theoretical, practical and clinical components of cardiorespiratory, musculoskeletal and neurological physiotherapy, and theoretical and practical aspects of electrotherapy to an accredited entry level program in Australia.
  5. the qualification was recognised for full registration/license (if applicable) or membership of the professional association for the practise physiotherapy in the country of training
  6. the candidate has demonstrated a comprehensive knowledge and satisfactory level of skills in English by satisfying the English language requirement.

If an applicant disagrees with the outcome of the assessment, he or she can request a review. The request must be in writing and state the reasons why the applicant disagrees with the outcome as well as any additional information that will support the request. A review fee of up to $550 may be charged.

THE ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR ASSESSMENT OF PHYSIOTHERAPISTS FOR MIGRATION PURPOSES

Applicants who:

  • who hold a recognised, registerable Australian entry-level qualification in physiotherapy, and/or
  • who hold a current certificate of full registration (practising certificate) with any State/Territory Physiotherapists' Registration Board in Australia or the New Zealand Physiotherapists' Board

are exempt from the Australian Physiotherapy Council Examinations and can apply for assessment for migration purposes.

Only applicants who satisfy the above conditions are exempt from the Australian Physiotherapy Council Examinations.

Applicants who satisfy the above conditions must submit ONLY ONE COPY of form 1249a accompanied by one certified copy of each of the documents specified below:

Documents for non-citizens who are overseas qualified physiotherapists with current registration to practise in Australia and/or New Zealand:
  • copy of degree certificate and course transcript
  • copy of initial registration from country of entry-level training
  • copy of current practising certificate from any State/Territory of Australia or New Zealand
  • copy of passport details
  • two (2) professional references from current and most recent supervisors
  • copy of completed Skills Assessment form (Form 1249a)
Documents required for non-citizens with a registrable Australian qualification in physiotherapy:
  • copy of degree certificate and course transcript
  • copy of passport details
  • two (2) professional references from current and most recent supervisors (clinical tutors acceptable)
  • copy of completed Skills Assessment form (Form 1249a)
CERTIFICATION

If your supporting documents are written in English, please include:

  • one application form;
  • one certified copy of all supporting documents;

If your supporting documents are written in a language other than English, please include:

  • one application form;
  • one certified copy of all supporting documents in the original language;
  • one certified copy of the official translated version of all documents;

The Australian Physiotherapy Council will not accept responsibility for original documents sent to the office and will not return any documents.

The Australian Physiotherapy Council reserves the right to request applicants to provide translations completed by a translator accredited by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI).

The Australian Physiotherapy Council ONLY recognises certified documents from the following person: Justice of the Peace (JP), Legal Practitioners, Peace Commissioners, Commissioners of Oaths, Notary Publics, Judges, Magistrates, and persons legally designated to sign documents from an embassy or consulate. Police officers, unless they are also one of the above, cannot certifiy documents submitted to the Australian Physiotherapy Council. Each copy of the original document must bear a statement certifying that it is a true copy of the orignal. The person who signsthe document must have the legal authority to do so and the statement should include any offical stamp or seal. You must include a piece of paper with the name, signature, contact address and phone number of the certifier. To have your copies certified you will need to present both the original and the copy of each document to the person certifying the copies.  Each certified copy of your documents must be certified separately and it must be possible, from the details provided, for the Australia Physiotherapy Council to contact the certifying officer if necessary.

ENGISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT FOR AUSTRALIAN PHYSIOTHERAPY COUNCIL

CANDIDATES

A comprehensive knowledge of English is essential to practise physiotherapy in Australia and all applicants must satisfy the English Language requirement.

  1. Applicants who provide evidence that their initial physiotherapy professional education was in the English language medium in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom, and United States of America satisfy the English Language requirement. 

  2. Applicants who completed their primary and secondary education in the English language medium in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom, and United States of America and completed their physiotherapy education in a different country and who provide a certified copy of their High School Certificate and a certified copy of evidence that their primary and secondary education was completed in the English language medium satisfy the English Language requirement.
  3. Applicant who provide a certified copy of a satisfactory and valid result from one of the English language tests listed below satisfy the English Language requirement. IELTS and OET tests results are only valid for a period of two years from the test date.

    International English Language Testing System (IELTS):


    For IELTS tests completed prior to July 1 2008, an overall score of Band 7, and a minimum score of Band 6 in each of the four components must be achieved in the Academic Module.
    For IELTS test completed on or after July 1 2008, a minimum score  of Band 7 in each of the four components must be achieved in the Academic Module.
    Detailed information including locations, contact details and dates for IELTS examinations in Australia and overseas is available at www.ielts.org 

    Occupational English Test (OET):
    A result at A or B level in all four sections of the test is required.
    Detailed information including locations, contact details and dates for OET examinations in Australia and overseas is available at http://www.occupationalenglishtest.org/

THE AUSTRALIAN PHYSIOTHERAPY COUNCIL RESERVES THE  RIGHT TO REQUIRE EVIDENCE OF A SATISFACTORY AND VALID RESULT FROM ONE OF THE ENGLSIH LANGUAGE TESTS LISTED ABOVE.

For more further information, please click here to view on the website of Australian Physiotherapy Council 


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