Physiotherapy Board of Australia
Physiotherapy Board of Australia

Overseas Practitioner Registration

To work as a physiotherapist in Australia, you need to apply for and be registered with the Physiotherapy Board of Australia. You may also need to apply for a visa issued by the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection (Australian Immigration Department).

These two application processes are entirely separate and success in one does not automatically guarantee success in the other.

More information on visa applications, including skills assessments and assessing authorities is available on the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection website.

Overseas trained physiotherapists should contact the Australian Physiotherapy Council to have their qualifications assessed, if their qualifications do not appear on the Board’s website as approved programs of study for application for general registration as a physiotherapist in Australia.

As of 4 February 2015, a new process applies for checking criminal history outside of Australia. This new approach requires certain applicants and registered practitioners to apply for an international criminal history check from an approved supplier. For more information, please refer to the international criminal history page on the AHPRA website.

Please email the Australian Physiotherapy Council at:

Please view the Limited Registration Standards available in the Registration Standards section.

Who is AHPRA?

The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) supports the 14 National Boards in their role of protecting the public and setting standards and policies that all registered health practitioners must meet.

AHPRA and the National Boards work together to register and renew health practitioners and, where required, investigate complaints or concerns regarding health practitioners.

AHPRA's operations are governed by the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law which came into effect on 1 July 2010. This law applies in each Australian state and territory, and is sometimes referred to on our sites as ‘the National Law’.

All health practitioners registered to practise are included on the national register of practitioners which is managed by AHPRA.

Find out more about AHPRA.

Page reviewed 1/09/2016