Occupational Therapy Board of Australia - Occupational therapy regulation at work in Australia, 2014/15
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Occupational therapy regulation at work in Australia, 2014/15

08 Apr 2016

The Occupational Therapy Board of Australia (the Board) has released its report for 2014/15.

During 2014/15 the Board continued its program of engagement and informing the profession. A number of breakfast forums and webinars were undertaken to ensure that occupational therapists understand their registration requirements. The year saw a reduction in practitioner fees, overseeing of practitioner audits, and start of a review of the profession-specific registration standards for recency of practice, professional indemnity insurance and continuing professional development. During the year the Board also undertook a project analysing practitioner notifications, and initiated a project to develop new competency standards for the profession.


  • 17,200 registered occupational therapists in Australia on 30 June 2015.
  • 6% increase in the number of registered occupational therapists compared to 2013/14.
  • 51% of occupational therapists under 35. 
  • In 69% of notifications, no further action was required. 
  • 73 occupational therapists under active monitoring on 30 June 2015 – 81% due to suitability/eligibility and 14% due to health concerns. 
  • One immediate action case, compared to two in 2013/14. 
  • 56% of the 36 notifications closed during the year (outside of New South Wales) were closed following an assessment.

Download a copy of the report below:

Download a PDF of the report.
Occupational therapy regulation at work in Australia - 2014-15 (37.6 KB,PDF), Word version (44.9 KB,DOCX)

Page reviewed 8/04/2016