If you have not been registered to practise in Australia, then, with few
exceptions, you will be required to undertake the AECOP (Australian
Examining Committee for Overseas Physiotherapists) examination process
before being eligible to apply to register with one of the Australian
State or Territory Physiotherapists Registration Boards. If you do not
have at least one year’s experience in the practice of physiotherapy
(after graduation), you may find that conditions on registration may
apply in some Australian States/Territories.
The first step is to apply to AECOP for an assessment of your
eligibility to undertake the AECOP examination process.
The AECOP Eligibility and Skills Assessment Form lists the documents
you need to submit for such an initial assessment to be carried out. If
deemed eligible to undertake the AECOP examinations, you would need to
pass all exam components relevant to your case, as indicated in the
AECOP Examinations Procedure.
On successful completion of the examinations process, you would
receive confirmation of your eligibility to apply to register to
practise as a physiotherapist in Australia, and – if applicable – be
issued with a statement of suitability for migration purposes (under the
General Skilled Migration Program, in the occupational category of
Physiotherapist, ASCO code 2385-11).
To practise Physiotherapy in Australia, you must be registered with
the local State or Territory physiotherapy registration authority. The
unregistered practice of physiotherapy is illegal.
Through mutual recognition, registration in one State or Territory
provides a basis to register in other States or Territories.
Registration requirements do differ for holders of Working Holiday
Maker Visas. Working Holiday Maker Visa Holders may apply directly to
the Physiotherapists Registration Boards for conditional/ provisional
registration to practise as a physiotherapist for up to three months in
any one position in that State. Not all States have this category of
If you wish to migrate to Australia under the General Skilled
Migration Program (in the occupational category, Physiotherapist, ASCO
code 2385-11), you are required to have a skills assessment undertaken
by AECOP (Australian Examining Committee for Overseas Physiotherapists)
before applying to migrate.
You are required to obtain a skills assessment even if you have a
qualification that is immediately acceptable to Australian State and
Territory Physiotherapists Registration Boards, including a recognised
Australian physiotherapy qualification.
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