Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency
 

Overseas Practitioners

Internationally qualified applicants must meet the Registration Standards of their health profession which includes the English Language Skills Registration Standard.

Additional requirements also apply to the following professions:

Outline of English Language Skills Standard

Internationally qualified applicants who did not complete their secondary education in English must demonstrate that they have the necessary English language skills for registration purposes. For specific requirements for the Nursing and Midwifery professions refer to Nursing and Midwifery Frequently Asked Questions English Language Skills (190 KB,PDF).

This requires:

  • a minimum score of 7 in each component of the IELTS academic module, OET or specified alternatives, with the exception of Pharmacy, which requires a minimum score of 7.5
  • test results to be obtained within two years prior to registration application. 

Exemptions

National Boards (with the exception of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia) may grant an exemption from the requirements where the applicant provides evidence that they:

  • completed secondary education that was taught and assessed in English in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom or United States of America and
  • hold tertiary qualifications in the relevant professional discipline that was taught and assessed in English in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom or United States of America.

Registration Standards

More information is available in the following registration standards:

Profession  Web page 
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practice  Registration Standards 
Chinese Medicine Registration Standards 
Chiropractic Registration Standards 
Dental Registration Standards 
Medical Registration Standards 
Medical Radiation Practice Registration Standards 
Nursing and Midwifery Registration Standards 
Occupational Therapy Registration Standards 
Optometry Registration Standards 
Osteopathy  Registration Standards 
Pharmacy Registration Standards
Physiotherapy Registration Standards 
Podiatry Registration Standards 
Psychology Registration Standards 

 
 
 
Page reviewed 9/09/2014