Codes and Guidelines

The Occupational Therapy Board of Australia has developed codes and guidelines to guide the profession. These also help to clarify the Board’s views and expectations on a range of issues.

Policies

Document PDF Accessible format Date of effect
Common Protocol - Informing notifiers about the reasons for National Board decisions  PDF (91.8KB) Word version 
(58.6 KB,DOCX) 
1 August 2018

Codes and guidelines

Document PDF Accessible format Date of effect
Guideline - Informing a National Board about where you practise  PDF (152 KB)  Word version 
(590 KB,DOCX)
1 August 2018
Guidelines for advertising regulated health services PDF (155 KB) Web page  From 17 March 2014 
 Guidelines: Mandatory notifications about registered health practitioners* PDF (250 KB) Web page  1 March 2020
Guidelines: Mandatory notifications about registered students** PDF (150 KB) Web page 1 March 2020
Code of conduct PDF (146 KB)  Web page  From 17 March 2014 

Policy directions

Under Section 11 of the National Law, as in force in each state and territory, the Ministerial Council may issue a National Board with policy directions.

Document PDF Accessible format Date of effect
Policy Direction 2019-01 - Paramountcy of public protection when administering the National Scheme
Policy Direction 2019-02 - Requirements to consult with patient safety bodies and health care consumer bodies on every new and revised registration standard, code and guidelines
PDF
(2.34MB)
8 January 2020

Continuing Professional Development

All practising occupational therapists must undertake continuing professional development (CPD) as a requirement of registration. Refer to our dedicated CPD information page to find the Guidelines: Continuing professional development for more information about CPD requirements and exemptions, and to access our CPD resources.

Supervision Guidelines

The Supervision guidelines set out the principles the Board considers central to safe and effective supervision for a range of regulatory needs.

Document PDF Accessible format Date of effect
Supervision guidelines for occupational therapy PDF (403 KB) Word version 
(511 KB,DOCX)
1 January 2019
Appendix 2 - Supervision agreement PDF (80.5 KB)  Word version 
(46.5 KB,DOCX) 
1 January 2019
Appendix 3 - Supervised practice plan PDF (117 KB)  Word version 
(46.3 KB,DOCX) 
1 January 2019
Appendix 4 - Supervisor's report template PDF (154 KB)  Word version 
(60.6 KB,DOCX) 
1 January 2019
Appendix 5 - Orientation to the Australian healthcare system PDF (67.4 KB)  Word version 
(39.5 KB,DOCX) 
1 January 2019

FAQ and Fact Sheets

For more information, please see FAQ and Fact Sheets.

Additional information

Document PDF Accessible format  Date of effect
Summary of research to inform registration standards review PDF (117 KB) Word version
(30.1 KB,DOCX)
23 October 2019 

Retired versions 

Document PDF Document date
Retired version: Guidelines for mandatory notifications  PDF (149 KB)  To 29 February 2020 

Retired version: Supervision guidelines for occupational therapy 

PDF (400 KB) 

To 2 September 2014 
Retired version: Guidelines for advertising of regulated health services PDF (458 KB) To 16 March 2014
Retired version: Guidelines for mandatory notifications PDF (424 KB) To 16 March 2014
Retired version: Code of conduct PDF (442 KB) To 16 March 2014

*The Guidelines: Mandatory notifications about registered health practitioners have been updated on 29 June 2020 to include minor formatting and word changes and changes to the flowcharts on pages 20, 22 and 26 of the guidelines.

**The Guidelines: Mandatory notifications about registered students have been updated on 29 June 2020 to include minor formatting and word changes and sections 39 and 40 of the National Law in Appendix A.

 
 
Page reviewed 30/06/2020