Regulating Australia's occupational therapists

The Occupational Therapy Board of Australia works to ensure that Australia's occupational therapists are suitably trained, qualified and safe to practise. Public safety is our priority. 

Information for

  • All

  • Public

  • Occupational therapists

  • Employers

  • Students

  • International applicants

The Occupational Therapy Board of Australia supports safe practice by publishing guidelines, updates and other resources for occupational therapists, employers, students and the public.
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BOARD NEWS

2022/23 annual report out now

Read about the work of the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia in 2022/23.
Read the 2022/23 annual summary
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REGISTRATION STANDARDS

PII: Professional indemnity insurance

Requiring registered health practitioners to hold appropriate PII is an important part of how the National Scheme protects the public, by addressing the risk posed by uninsured practitioners.
Read more
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CODES AND GUIDELINES

Social media: safe use guidance

Guidance for occupational therapists on how to meet their social media obligations under the National Law.
Learn more
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BOARD NEWS

Apply now to join the Board

There is a vacancy arising for a practitioner member for a small jurisdiction (ACT/NT/TAS) and a community member on the Board.

Learn more
Ahpra health practitioner shared code of conduct

CODES AND GUIDELINES

What is the Code of conduct?

The code sets out the National Boards’ expectations of professional behaviour and conduct for registered practitioners across 12 healthcare professions. 

Australian occupational therapy competency standards

CODES AND GUIDELINES

OT competency standards

The competency standards outline professional behaviours all occupational therapists should demonstrate to practise safely and ethically.

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PUBLIC SAFETY

Practitioner search

Look up your occupational therapist to check their registration status, qualifications and suitability to care for you.

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PUBLIC SAFETY

Eliminating racism from healthcare

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and Cultural Safety Strategy

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COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Translations available

Read about safe healthcare practice and COVID-19 in Arabic, Chinese (simplified), Greek, Italian or Vietnamese.

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GET INVOLVED

Join a board, committee or panel

Would you like to help protect the safety of the public and contribute to health practitioner regulation? 

Students in lecture theater

EDUCATION

Search approved programs of study

Find the education and training programs that can lead to registration.

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BOARD NEWS

Apply now to join the Board

There is a vacancy arising for a practitioner member for a small jurisdiction (ACT/NT/TAS) and a community member on the Board.

Learn more
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PUBLIC SAFETY

Resources supporting the public

Ahpra and the National Boards have published information for the public to help make safer healthcare choices.
What we’re doing
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CODES AND GUIDELINES

Social media: safe use guidance

Guidance for occupational therapists on how to meet their social media obligations under the National Law.
Learn more
Photo of two people talking at a table

PUBLIC SAFETY

Practitioner search

Look up your occupational therapist to check their registration status, qualifications and suitability to care for you.

Graphic of greetings in different languages

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Translations available

Read about safe healthcare practice and COVID-19 in Arabic, Chinese (simplified), Greek, Italian or Vietnamese.

Ahpra health practitioner shared code of conduct

CODES AND GUIDELINES

What is the Code of conduct?

The code sets out the National Boards’ expectations of professional behaviour and conduct for registered practitioners across 12 healthcare professions. 

Graphic of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artwork

PUBLIC SAFETY

Eliminating racism from healthcare

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and Cultural Safety Strategy

Photo of committee meeting

GET INVOLVED

Join a board, committee or panel

Would you like to help protect the safety of the public and contribute to health practitioner regulation? 

Students in lecture theater

EDUCATION

Search approved programs of study

Find the education and training programs that can lead to registration.

carousel image
BOARD NEWS

Apply now to join the Board

There is a vacancy arising for a practitioner member for a small jurisdiction (ACT/NT/TAS) and a community member on the Board.

Learn more
carousel image
REGISTRATION STANDARDS

PII: Professional indemnity insurance

Requiring registered health practitioners to hold appropriate PII is an important part of how the National Scheme protects the public, by addressing the risk posed by uninsured practitioners.
Read more
carousel image
CODES AND GUIDELINES

Social media: safe use guidance

Guidance for occupational therapists on how to meet their social media obligations under the National Law.
Learn more
Ahpra health practitioner shared code of conduct

CODES AND GUIDELINES

What is the Code of conduct?

The code sets out the National Boards’ expectations of professional behaviour and conduct for registered practitioners across 12 healthcare professions. 

Australian occupational therapy competency standards

CODES AND GUIDELINES

OT competency standards

The competency standards outline professional behaviours all occupational therapists should demonstrate to practise safely and ethically.

Photo of two people talking at a table

PUBLIC SAFETY

Practitioner search

Look up your occupational therapist to check their registration status, qualifications and suitability to care for you.

Graphic of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artwork

PUBLIC SAFETY

Eliminating racism from healthcare

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and Cultural Safety Strategy

PRACTITIONER SUPPORT

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforce webinar series

Through listening to the experiences of Indigenous practitioners, we aim to increase and support the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforce.

Photo of committee meeting

GET INVOLVED

Join a board, committee or panel

Would you like to help protect the safety of the public and contribute to health practitioner regulation? 

carousel image
BOARD NEWS

Apply now to join the Board

There is a vacancy arising for a practitioner member for a small jurisdiction (ACT/NT/TAS) and a community member on the Board.

Learn more
carousel image
REGISTRATION STANDARDS

PII: Professional indemnity insurance

Requiring registered health practitioners to hold appropriate PII is an important part of how the National Scheme protects the public, by addressing the risk posed by uninsured practitioners.
Read more
carousel image
CODES AND GUIDELINES

Social media: safe use guidance

Guidance for occupational therapists on how to meet their social media obligations under the National Law.
Learn more
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CODES AND GUIDELINES

Mandatory notification guidelines

The inclusion of mandatory notification requirements in the National Law is an important policy initiative for public protection. Separate guidelines have been developed for registered health practitioners and registered students.
Learn more
Ahpra health practitioner shared code of conduct

CODES AND GUIDELINES

What is the Code of conduct?

The code sets out the National Boards’ expectations of professional behaviour and conduct for registered practitioners across 12 healthcare professions. 

Australian occupational therapy competency standards

CODES AND GUIDELINES

OT competency standards

The competency standards outline professional behaviours all occupational therapists should demonstrate to practise safely and ethically.

Photo of two people talking at a table

PUBLIC SAFETY

Practitioner search

Look up your occupational therapist to check their registration status, qualifications and suitability to care for you.

Graphic of greetings in different languages

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Translations available

Read about safe healthcare practice and COVID-19 in Arabic, Chinese (simplified), Greek, Italian or Vietnamese.

Graphic of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artwork

PUBLIC SAFETY

Eliminating racism from healthcare

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and Cultural Safety Strategy

PRACTITIONER SUPPORT

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforce webinar series

Through listening to the experiences of Indigenous practitioners, we aim to increase and support the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforce.

Photo of committee meeting

GET INVOLVED

Join a board, committee or panel

Would you like to help protect the safety of the public and contribute to health practitioner regulation? 

Students in lecture theater

EDUCATION

Search approved programs of study

Find the education and training programs that can lead to registration.

carousel image
BOARD NEWS

Apply now to join the Board

There is a vacancy arising for a practitioner member for a small jurisdiction (ACT/NT/TAS) and a community member on the Board.

Learn more
carousel image
REGISTRATION STANDARDS

PII: Professional indemnity insurance

Requiring registered health practitioners to hold appropriate PII is an important part of how the National Scheme protects the public, by addressing the risk posed by uninsured practitioners.
Read more
carousel image
CODES AND GUIDELINES

Social media: safe use guidance

Guidance for occupational therapists on how to meet their social media obligations under the National Law.
Learn more
carousel image
CODES AND GUIDELINES

Mandatory notification guidelines

The inclusion of mandatory notification requirements in the National Law is an important policy initiative for public protection. Separate guidelines have been developed for registered health practitioners and registered students.
Learn more
Ahpra health practitioner shared code of conduct

CODES AND GUIDELINES

What is the Code of conduct?

The code sets out the National Boards’ expectations of professional behaviour and conduct for registered practitioners across 12 healthcare professions. 

Australian occupational therapy competency standards

CODES AND GUIDELINES

OT competency standards

The competency standards outline professional behaviours all occupational therapists should demonstrate to practise safely and ethically.

Photo of two people talking at a table

PUBLIC SAFETY

Practitioner search

Look up your occupational therapist to check their registration status, qualifications and suitability to care for you.

Graphic of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artwork

PUBLIC SAFETY

Eliminating racism from healthcare

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and Cultural Safety Strategy

PRACTITIONER SUPPORT

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforce webinar series

Through listening to the experiences of Indigenous practitioners, we aim to increase and support the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforce.

Photo of committee meeting

GET INVOLVED

Join a board, committee or panel

Would you like to help protect the safety of the public and contribute to health practitioner regulation? 

Students in lecture theater

EDUCATION

Search approved programs of study

Find the education and training programs that can lead to registration.

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REGISTRATION

Want to work in Australia?

General information about applying to work as a health practitioner in Australia is available for international applicants. Find out about the process and what you must include in your application.
Access resources
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REGISTRATION

International occupational therapists

To work as an occupational therapist in Australia you must be registered with the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia. Some overseas-trained occupational therapists may need to meet specific requirements before being registered.
Check requirements