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Assessment for Registration in Australia

Internationally-qualified occupational therapists wanting to practise in Australia are required to undertake an assessment in compliance with the OTC requirements. This assessment comprises:

Stage 1 — Desktop assessment
Stage 2 — Supervised practice audit

The step-by-step-process-for-overseas-trained-practitioners-january-2017 (in the “forms” section of the website) to the complete process will assist to clarify what documents need to be completed, where they need to be sent and when they need to be sent.  The “forms” section of this website provides explanatory notes for the Stage 1 process, guidelines for the Stage 2 process together with examples of the documentation required.

On completion of the Stage 1 desktop assessment, occupational therapists will be advised in writing of the suitability of qualifications for the purpose of applying for registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) www.ahpra.gov.au. A certified copy of this assessment letter should be provided with your application for registration.

Stage 1 — Desktop assessment

The Stage 1 desktop assessment can take up to four weeks from the date the OTC receives a completed application.

The cost for the Stage 1 desktop assessment is A$1200.00 and payment of this fee may be made as follows:

  • Visa and Mastercard – please download and complete the attached form to accompany your application visa-payment-form
  • A money order issued by Australia Post.
  • A bank cheque drawn by an Australian bank.
  • A personal cheque drawn on an Australian bank account.
  • Foreign bank draft in Australian dollars and drawn on an Australian bank.
  • Direct debit as follows:
Account name: Occupational Therapy Council
Bank: Westpac
BSB: 036 308
Account no.: 28 2504
International Swift: WPACAU2S

Please ensure your name appears on the statement of the OTC, and you advise us via email that payment has been effected.

Stage 2 — Supervised practice audit

Upon successful completion of the Stage 1 assessment, occupational therapists will need to undertake the Stage 2 supervised practice audit.

Prior to commencing the Stage 2 period supervised practice , occupational therapists need to complete a supervision agreement located on the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) website www.ahpra.gov.au and forward this to the OTC for approval.  Application for limited registration from AHPRA can be made at the same time.  Upon being granted limited registration, the occupational therapist needs to forward the OTC Stage 2 application, practice audit plan and learning goals to the OTC within two weeks of commencing in the position.

The cost for the Stage 2 desktop assessment is A$1000.00 and payment of this fee may be made as follows:

  • Visa and Mastercard – please download and complete the attached form to accompany your application visa-payment-form
  • A money order issued by Australia Post.
  • A bank cheque drawn by an Australian bank.
  • A personal cheque drawn on an Australian bank account.
  • Foreign bank draft in Australian dollars and drawn on an Australian bank.
  • Direct debit as follows:
Account name: Occupational Therapy Council
Bank: Westpac
BSB: 036 308
Account no.: 28 2504
International Swift: WPACAU2S

Please ensure your name appears on the statement of the OTC, and you advise us via email that payment has been effected.