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English language skills

Revised registration standards for English language skills are now in force for all professions, except Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practice.

The revised standards are:

  • a common standard for 10 professions: Chinese medicine, chiropractic, medical radiation, occupational therapy, optometry, osteopathy, pharmacy, physiotherapy, podiatry and psychology.
  • a standard for dental practitioners 
  • a standard for medical practitioners, and 
  • a standard for nursing and midwifery

All of the profession specific standards share many elements with the common standard.

Document  PDF  Accessible format  Date of effect
English language skills registration standard  PDF 
(375KB) 
Word version 
(577KB,DOCX) 
1 July 2015 
English language skills registration standard (dental)  PDF 
(225KB) 
Word version 
(72.8KB,DOCX) 
1 July 2015 
English language skills registration standard (medical)  PDF 
(216KB) 
Word version 
(72.6KB,DOCX) 
1 July 2015 
English language skills registration standard (nursing and midwifery)  PDF 
(317KB) 
Word version 
(396KB,DOCX) 
1 July 2015 

These new standards were developed after a review of the existing standards, which included a public consultation. The consultation report provides a summary of responses, rationale for any changes and sets out the proposed way forward, including areas where further work is planned.

Document  PDF  Accessible format  Document 
Consultation report  PDF 
(576KB) 
Word version 
(638 KB,DOCX) 
May 2015 

The new standards introduce additional pathways for applicants to demonstrate evidence of their English language skills. Diagrams of how these work are included under ‘additional resources’.

These new standards apply to all applicants for initial registration, regardless of whether they qualified in Australia or overseas, except for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioners.

The English language skills registration standard for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioners is being reviewed at a later date, and does not change on 1 July 2015.

Additional resources

Document PDF Accessible format Document date
Letter from Ministerial Council approving the new standards PDF 
(1.10MB) 
  April 2015
FAQ for all professions (except nurses and midwives) PDF 
(197KB) 
Web page August 2015 
FAQ: Additional information for Chinese medicine practitioners  PDF 
(280KB) 
Web page August 2015 
Pathways diagram for all professions (except nurses and midwives): Explains the requirements for each pathway  PDF 
(104KB) 
Word version 
(569KB,DOCX) 
July 2015 
Evidence guide for all professions (except nurses and midwives) PDF 
(268KB) 
Word version 
(799KB,DOCX) 
August 2015 
Transitional arrangements policy for pharmacy limited and provisional registration applicants  Word version 
(230KB,DOCX)
1 July - 30 September 2015 

Information specific to nurses and midwives

Document PDF  Accessible format  Document date 
Pathways diagram for nurses and midwives: Explains the requirements for each pathway  PDF 
(110KB) 
Word version 
(569KB,DOCX) 
July 2015 
English language skills evidence guide for nurses and midwives PDF 
(296KB) 
Word version 
(207KB,DOCX) 
August 2015
FAQ: Information for nurses and midwives about the standard  PDF 
(271KB) 
Web page August 2015
English language skills registration standard policy PDF 
(105KB)
Word version 
(304 KB,DOCX)
26 May 2016

About the English language skills test

For more information about the tests, please refer to the provider’s website.

Exemption from Web Content Accessibility Guidelines

The following documents have been made available on this website in compliance with the National Law and also in the interest of transparency. Wherever possible, AHPRA provides web content in accessible formats. However in cases where the documents have been provided by other parties, accessible format files may not be available or be approved for use.

If you have difficulty accessing one of these documents, please contact AHPRA at webservices@ahpra.gov.au, and we will attempt to provide you with an accessible version.

AHPRA notes that wherever possible, third party organisations are asked to provide documents in accessible formats. AHPRA will update documents on this website when accessible versions become available.

 
 
 
Page reviewed 4/10/2016