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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please view the Limited Registration Standards available in the Registration Standards section.