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Recognition Procedures In Australia

At present, occupational therapists must be registered to practise in Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory. Registration is through the local registration board. If you hold overseas qualifications, you will need to apply for recognition of your qualifications by the Council of Occupational Therapists Registration Boards (Australia and New Zealand) Inc. (COTRB) to enable you to become eligible for limited/conditional registration. After your arrival in Australia you will also be required to undertake a practice audit in the course of your first year of employment or self-employment as an occupational therapist.
The Overseas Qualifications Assessment Committee (OQAC) of COTRB will administer both the assessment of qualifications and the practice audit procedures. On successful completion of the practice audit you will be issued with a certificate of professional competency by COTRB. This must be presented to the relevant registration board before full registration is granted.

Contact details for Australian and New Zealand Occupational Therapy Registration Boards can be found at http://www.cotrb.com/otboards.htm
Registration is not required in Tasmania, New South Wales, Victoria or the Australian Capital Territory. However, if you want to work as an occupational therapist in a government-funded agency, for example, a public hospital or a community health centre, you are usually expected to have qualifications acceptable to OT AUSTRALIA. OT AUSTRALIA is the professional association for occupational therapists in Australia. Initial membership of OT AUSTRALIA requires recognition of your qualifications by COTRB.

You must satisfy the following minimum criteria to be eligible for recognition by COTRB:
Have completed a World Federation of Occupational Therapy (WFOT) approved tertiary level education program leading to an award in occupational therapy, that is equivalent to an Australian Bachelor degree (as per NOOSR’s Country Education Profiles or NOOSR educational assessment if required). Are registered, licensed or otherwise officially recognised and in good standing as an occupational therapist in the country in which you were educated or practiced and, Have English as a first language OR completed your occupational therapy education in English OR have achieved a pass on an appropriate English language test - either a pass in the Occupational English Test (OET) conducted by Language Australia or a pass in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum overall score of Band 7 in the academic level.

Discussion Lists and Newsgroups

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OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY SITES



Occupational Therapy Australia OT Australia - Queensland site with Job Market Links Special Interest and Regional Groups pages

Department of Occupational Therapy at Curtin University of Technology, Perth, West Australia.


Occupational Therapy Helping Children Australian site of interest to OT's in Paeds.

World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT) contains info on policies, activities and publications.

British Columbia Society of Occupational Therapists (BCSOT)


OT Internet World A comprehensive and well developed site with a large number of connections to other OT sites and related areas including listservers newsletters, chat information, Medical News, Disability Information, schools, research, surveys etc. This page is regularly updated and could be considered an OT Internet hub.


OT Research Centre of Western Australia Curtin University. An interesting program that stands apart from the OT school with a research service consultancy brief.


Government Information


Professional Organisations

Occupational therapy professional associations


Academic Faculties

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International

International Occupational Therapy Association Links

  • Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland

  • Australian Occupational Therapy Association NSW

  • British Association of Occupational Therapists

  • British Columbia Society of Occupational Therapy

  • Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists
    The Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists provides services, products, events and networking opportunities to assist occupational therapists achieve excellence in their professional practice. In addition CAOT provides national leadership to actively develop and promote the client-centred profession of occupational therapy in Canada and internationally.

  • College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario

  • National Association of Rheumatological Occupational Therapists (UK)


  • Ontario Society of Occupational Therapy


  • Saskatchewan Society of Occupational Therapists


  • Singapore Association of Occupational Therapists


  • Swedish Occupational Therapy Association Site is in Swedish language


  • UK Association of Occupational Therapists in Computer Technology


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