Who Are We?

The Occupational Therapy Council (Australia & New Zealand) Ltd (OTC) is an independent not-for-profit organisation whose purpose is to ensure that standards of education, training and assessment of occupational therapists are maintained and developed so the Australian public is assured of safe and proper practice.

Constitution OTC LTD -2012.06.26 (Final)

The OTC has been appointed by the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia (OTBA) www.occupationaltherapyboard.gov.au to be the independent organisation to provide:

  • accreditation of occupational therapy programs offered by Australian universities;
  • assessment of qualifications and skills of internationally-qualified occupational therapists wishing to practise in Australia.

The OTC has been appointed by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) as the relevant assessing authority for the purposes skilled migration in the category of:

ANZSCO 252411 – Occupational Therapist.

The OTC

DOES NOT:

  • Register occupational therapists. This is the function of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) www.ahpra.gov.au
  • Employ occupational therapists in Australia.
  • Advise on visa or immigration matters.
  • Provide or endorse continuing professional development (CDP) courses.

Other functions of the OTC include the provision of advice to the OTBA and other Government agencies, including:

  • Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWA)
  • Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC)
  • Australian Government’s National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR)

on matters relevant to occupational therapy standards for accreditation and assessment, and the suitability of internationally-qualified occupational therapists wanting to practise the profession in Australia.

International liaison with other health professional accreditation bodies, regulators and educators on matters related to standards of education and practice, and development and review of standards relating to the accreditation of occupational therapy programs and internationally-qualified practitioners is a part of the OTC’s functions. These include:

  • Occupational Therapy Board of New Zealand (OTBNZ)
  • World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT)
  • Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

From 1 July 2012, when legislation was introduced requiring all occupational therapists wanting to practise in Australia to be registered with the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia www.occupationaltherapyboard.gov.au  the OTC has been liaising with a number of agencies to ensure its accreditation and assessment processes and procedures comply with the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (National Law), and its operational processes are in compliance with the Corporations Act. Some of these agencies include:

  • Health Professions Accreditation Councils Forum (HPACF)
  • Health Workforce Australia (HWA)
  • Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA)
  • Inter-professional Education in Health Project (IPE)
  • Occupational Therapy Australia Ltd (OTAL)
  • Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD)